This video shoes how to strengthen the trapezius and rhomboids that support your head, neck and upper spine as well as the back of the shoulder (posterior deltoid.) These muscles can become weak from lack of usage, poor posture and treatments such as radiation or surgery. These muscles activate when you are sitting with good posture and doing daily activities such as driving. You engage these small muscles whenever you lift your arms overhead such as pulling a shirt overhead or placing a glass on an overhead shelf.

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.