Your daily routine to maintain joint strength and mobility to keep your body moving well. CARs stands for Controlled Articular Rotations. When doing this routine, you want to be pain-free – especially no pinching on the closed-angle side fo the rotation (short side). To get the most out of your CARs, make any part of your body that is not doing the motion rigid and stiff.
Functional Range Conditioning – Week Three
Continuing the work on the shoulders this week, we are adding in movement for the shoulder girdle, specifically the scapulas (shoulder blades). We will then use that new movement and strengthen and challenge our range in shoulder external rotation to help fortify our shoulders and improve their function.
Functional Range Conditioning – Week Two
This week, we are working on the shoulders. Poor movement in the shoulders can lead to ligament tears in the rotator cuff, neck pain, and elbow pain. It can also severely limit your ability to press and pull. Try these 2 moves to gain more control in those shoulders.
Neck and Shoulder Month – Week Four
This week, we are working on rotations in our neck to help maintain and increase our rotational ability in our neck (think looking behind you before back up the car). We are also going to work on the rotation in our shoulders with this banded external rotation exercise.
Joint Health Month – Week Three
We are focusing on the shoulder joint this week. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint which means it can move it a large variety of ways. The first movement allows you to explore the full range of the joint. Not only will it help create more movement in the shoulder, it will also show you the places where you could use more motion.
Once you have created all that mobility, add some stability to the shoulder with the 2nd video. Most often, the biggest impact our shoulder’s take is when we reach out when we fall. Try this shoulder press to gain some shoulder strength and stability to keep the joint happy and prepared.
Rotation Month – Week Five
As we close out October, we have one last last rotation for you. Check out this neck mobility exercise to help with your stiff or tired neck.
Rotation Month – Week Three
We are moving on from our hips to our shoulders. Healthy shoulders contribute to healthy necks, backs, elbows, and wrists.
Sticky shoulder blades can lead to tweaks and pains in the shoulder. If your shoulder blades don’t move, you put a lot of stress and responsibility into the rotator cuff. Unglue those blades with this first joint rotation mobilization.
Once you have those blades moving, strengthen that rotation with this seated external rotation exercise.
Rotation Month – Week Two
This week, we are back to hip rotation. This standing Hip CARs (Controlled Articular Rotations) help move the hip joint along every axis of movement. Once that new mobility has been obtained, we can work on gaining new range in hip external rotation.