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Due to the inherently unstable joint structure of the shoulder, it relies heavily on the rotator cuff and surrounding musculature. The following exercises involve both external and internal rotation of the shoulder. Under the guidance of your treating Physiotherapist these can be advanced as strength improves.

Instructions

  • Position yourself with the elbow tucked into the side body
  • Open through the chest
  • Thumb directed towards the roof

Internal rotation

  • Position the affected arm closest to the resistance band/cable machine
  • Maintaining the above position, move the forearm towards the belly
  • Control the return to neutral

External rotation

  • Position the affected arm furthest away from the resistance band/cable machine
  • Maintaining the above position, move the forearm from the belly button towards neutral
  • Control the return to the belly

Precautions

  • Do not allow the band to pull you back to the start position
  • Maintain a proud chest
  • Limit movement through the wrist