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Shoulder blade setting


Setting or positioning the shoulder blade or scapula correctly not only helps improve shoulder pain and movement but also helps reduce tension and pain in the neck.

The shoulder blade is attached to the axial or main skeleton via the collar bone at the breastbone or sternum.

Functions of the shoulder blade:

  • To provide a stable base for the shoulder socket, improving efficiency of the rotator cuff muscles. It also provides a stable base for the cervical spine to give optimum position and range of movement.
  • To rotate the shoulder socket or glenoid laterally, improving the efficiency of the deltoid muscle throughout shoulder elevation
  • To prevent impingement by lateral rotation - upwardly rotating the glenoid
  • Reduce stress on the static restraints - prevent instability by orienting the glenoid during different planes of motion

When positioning the shoulder blade correctly you are trying to achieve an upward rotation of the shoulder socket that the ball of the upper arm bone or humerus sits in. Your physiotherapist may give you some or all of the following things to try:

  • Correct your posture, lifting the breast bone upwards to open the chest.
  • Lift the tip of your shoulder up and out as if rolling it over your shoulder and outwards.
  • Drawing the mid part of the shoulder blade downwards so the lower angle rotates outwards.

It is difficult to position mainly as it is behind you so be patient and practice regularly. Remember you should not feel tension in the neck when you do this or high between the shoulder blades.

Learning how to do this will be helpful when moving the arm and help reduce strain on the shoulder tissues.

Please contact us to book an appointment or for more information on any of the services available at our clinic in Kensington.



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