Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Blade Exercise – Dynamic Hug

Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Blade Exercise – Dynamic Hug


Welcome back to Foundation Physical Therapy’s
YouTube Channel my name is Christian Compean I’m a fellowship trained physical therapist
trained in orthopedics. What we’re going to go over today is something called dynamic
hug. It’s a strengthening activity for the supraspinatus and it also helps with the serratus
anterior and it helps basically with stability of the shoulder while you’re making big
movements. So quick anatomy lesson, the supraspinatus is a muscle one of the rotator cuff muscles.
It’s actually the most commonly torn rotator cuff muscle. So it’s a good one to strengthen
but more importantly it’s a good one to work in this manner because it basically allows
for healthy function of the supraspinatus. The serratus anterior is a muscle that actually
goes from underneath your shoulder blade and ties onto your ribcage. That’s an important
muscle in that it’s very integral in getting that arm up overhead or away from you without
having any kind of shoulder pain or creating any kind of shoulder dysfunction. So very
simple; you don’t need very heavy weights for the purpose of this demonstration I’m
using a 1 pounder because I want excellent form and once I learn the technique then I’ll
go up in weight to whatever is challenging. So what you’re going to do is you’re going
to start out at your side here. You don’t want to go straight out to the side nor do
you want to go straight out in front. You want to go at a 45 degree angle to about shoulder
level or eye level somewhere in that range. So I’m going to thumbs up just to keep me
cued to keep my thumbs up and I’m going to come up as high as that point and once
I’m here then what I’m going to do is I’m going to really wrap my arms around
until my fists touch. I want a nice I want to create a nice circle in here. I don’t
want to go here and close it into my body nor do I want to go here and close it together,
that’s not the exercise. What I’m trying to do when I wrap around and create this big
circle like I’m hugging a big fat tree is I’m cueing those shoulder blades and the
serratus anterior to get those shoulder blades up my body and around my body and keep them
moving together with the actual arm itself. So again we start here then we come up at
a 45 degree angle come around, keep my hands at the level that I brought them to between
the shoulder and eye level. Then I come back and I come down with control. One more time
would be straight up, once I get to shoulder eye level then I come around touch back and
here. So that’s something we call dynamic hug. It’s a good training activity to help
with reaching and getting your arm safely away from your body without causing any damage
in the shoulder. So I hope you enjoy it.

Daniel Yohans

1 thought on “Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Blade Exercise – Dynamic Hug

  1. Michael Dooley says:

    I have moderate fraying and tendonitis symptoms of supraspinatus, infraspinatus and subscapularis on MRI. Is this excercise suitable for me?

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