This video shows how to strengthen primarily the outside shoulder muscle (medial deltoid) as well as the postural muscles to stabilize the spine. These muscles help to stabilize the shoulder joint, which enables and supports good posture. The stronger these muscles are, the easier it will be to sit correctly. You use this muscle when you lift your arm out to the side and when you move the bed covers off your body. This muscle also assists in other shoulder movements, such as lifting an item from a table or reaching backward.

Important note on resistance band strength training: Resistance bands are widely used for full body strengthening, postural improvement, rehabilitation and conditioning. They are portable, versatile and easy to use. The bands we suggest are the only resistance bands endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association called Therabands. These 6-inch wide latex bands come in different, color-coded resistance levels and are also distinguished by the band’s thickness. The progressive resistance system makes it easy to measure progress in achieving fitness or therapy goals. You start out with a band of comfortable resistance. As you use the band, your muscle strength and endurance improve, and exercises become easier to do. When you are ready for more challenge, you move to a more resistant band to increase exercise intensity.

You can purchase Thera-band Resistance Bands by clicking this link.

*As always, please consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine, especially if you are recovering from surgery. Always go at your own pace and stop if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.