The shoulder flexion exercise is a beneficial exercise to work your deltiods, your neck muscles and part of your pectorals or chest muscles. Since your injury, you have mastered the use of shoulder flexion to perform transfers and to complete your activities of daily living. Therefore, keeping your shoulder flexor muscles strong is not only important in helping you function to your potential, but also in preventing your shoulders from injury. The Shoulder Flexion Exercise is one that you can easily perform in a wheelchair to keep your upper body strong.

Muscles Worked: Deltoids, Rotator Cuff.

Equipment: Wrap around arm weights.

Starting Position: Sit straight up in your wheelchair, making sure that you back is firmly pushed against the back of your chair. If necessary, have someone hold your shoulders back for you.

Action: Slowly raise your arm to your front while keeping it as straight as possible. Do not lift your forearm or hand higher than your shoulders.

Slowly lower the arm weight back to the starting position. The movement down is where you will put the most stress on your deltoid muscles to help them grow.

 

Tips:

1.     Maintain a regular breathing pattern during this exercise. Do not hold your breath.

2.     Try your best not to lean to one side.

3.     Try doing both arms at the same time if possible.

Thanks to physiotherapyexercises.com for the picture.