The gym isn’t the only place you throw your body out of whack. Slumping over a keyboard all day can do a pretty good job of that as well. Detect upper-body imbalances with the wall slide, if you can’t perform it with full range of motion, it’s often a sign of weak back and tight chest muscles.
How To Do It
Stand 6 inches from a wall and lean you head, upper back, and butt against it. Place your hands and arms against the wall in high-five positions (palms away from the wall), your elbows bent 90 degrees and upper arms at shoulder height. Keeping your elbows as far down toward your sides as possible. Squeeze your shoulder blades together. Pause and then slide your arms up the wall as high as you can to form a Y.
The Next Step
Didn’t pass the test? No problem. Do 12 reps up to 3 times a day to improve your posture and shoulder function. If your shoulders hurt, and see your Sheddon Physiotherapist before resuming the exercise. Also, in order to bolster your body, add more pulling moves to your workouts (for example, pull-ups or rows).
If you are looking for ways to prevent upper body imbalances, contact your Sheddon Physiotherapist at (905) 849-4576