Shoulder Stability Exercises - Thrive Now Physiotherapy

Shoulder Stability Exercises

The Shoulder Joint:

The shoulder has a great range of motion, however, it can become quite unstable if not strengthened. It is a ball-and-socket joint that  allows for multiple planes of movement; flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, internal rotation, external rotation, and circumduction. With the ability to perform all these movements, it’s no wonder why the shoulder joint is common to dislocation and subluxation. When we strengthen the muscles around the shoulder joint we are securing the humeral head close to the socket. This is held in place by the lining of the joint – capsule – along with ligaments and a cartilage rim. This is why it is highly recommended to perform a proper exercise conditioning program so that you can return to daily activities and enjoy a healthy active lifestyle.



If you’re concerned about your shoulder instability and display dislocation and subluxation, it is recommended to visit a physician that can perform a physical examination. If you’re looking to build strength around the scapula and would like to learn how to stabilize your shoulder then take a look at this video. 



Typically a gradual progressive strengthening program will reduce any weakness or pain. However, it is possible to have underlying rotator cuff nerve injuries, which is why it is important to conduct a proper screening. What to look for in a proper strengthening program? Before you get excited and consider pressing 50 pounds over your head, watch the video we provided to make sure you have the correct flexibility to properly stabilize your shoulders. Full range of motion is critical to prevent further injury.


Getting started:

Make sure to watch the video over on our Facebook Page by clicking the image below and  Follow my 6-Step Guide to proper shoulder stability prior to lifting heavy weights over your head or starting a conditioning program.


Shoulder Stability Exercises | Thrive Now Physio

Written By:

Martin Wardowicz | Thrive Now Physio

Martin Wardowicz

Registered Kinesiologist



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