This video shows how to strengthen the upper back and back of the near the shoulder blades (including the trapezius, rhomboids and posterior deltoids) along with using all of the posterior muscles in a supportive function. The primary job of these muscles is to support the head and neck as well as support good posture and movement. These important muscles help in every day life from such as driving and being able to look around, shrugging your shoulders and turning your head. Because they support all movement they are used often including when you reach far overhead or pick up something from the floor such as your shoes or pick up a pan off a lower shelf for cooking.

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.