A Corrective Exercise Strategy for the Forward Shoulder Posture

by Evan Osar |   Date Released : 14 Oct 2013
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Audiences around the world have seen Dr. Evan Osar’s dynamic and original presentations. His passion for improving human movement and helping the fitness professionals think bigger about their role can be seen and felt in every course he teaches. His 20-year background in fitness and experience as a chiropractic physician provide a unique prospective for any audience. Dr. Osar has become known for taking challenging information and putting into useable information the fitness professional can apply immediately.
Dr. Osar is the author of The Corrective Exercise Approach to Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunction, due to be released in the spring of 2012. He is a regular presenter at fitness conventions and the developer of the Integrative Movement Specialist™ certification.

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Osar, Evan | 28 Sep 2014, 11:04 AM

Hi Bob,
Thank you for your question. With your client in supine, your hand will be placed directly over the pectoralis minor with your fingers resting over the anterior deltoid. Your bottom hand will be placed around the back side of the scapula. The client will lightly push up into your top hand for a count of 5 (they will be anteriorly tilting their scapula) and then slowly relax the contraction while you lightly guide their scapula down and back. This is a very light maneuver and should not cause any discomfort and/or change in your client's head position as you guide the shoulder. Of course always ask permission before you put your hands on your client and if you are not able to place your hands your client than have them perform a similar pattern on their own. In the supine position, they will palpate their short pec minor with their opposite hand. They contract and shorten the muscle for a count of 5 and then slowly release the contraction and relax the shoulder back down towards the floor. They think of opening wide through the front of the shoulder during the release. Hope that helps.

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Garn, Bob | 26 Sep 2014, 10:54 AM

Would it be possible to get a more detailed description of the release of the pec minor? Is the trainer applying resistance primarily to the anterior delt?

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Osar, Evan | 08 Jan 2014, 20:44 PM

Hi Mary,
Thank you for the question. 'Rolling the shoulders back' can work as a valid cue as long as the client maintains proper scapular positioning and control throughout their patterns. Take care.

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PTontheNet, Content Editor | 06 Jan 2014, 01:20 AM

HI Mary,
Thank you for your comment. The video below Figure 8 & 9 appears to be functioning. If you are unable to view the video from this article page, you can also view it in the PTontheNet video library ("Improving Forward Shoulder Posture" by author Evan Osar), or through this link: http://www.ptonthenet.com/videos/improving-forward-shoulder-posture-270

We'll contact the author regarding your other question.

Thanks, PTontheNet

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Patrzalek, Mary | 04 Jan 2014, 11:53 AM

Under images #8 and 9, the reader is prompted to view a video link. The link is missing. Can it please be provided?
Also, with the integration exercise (cable row) is it appropriate to cue for scapular adduction provided the shoulders 'roll back', that is, the client is cued to "open up the front of the shoulder’" (copied from article text). Thanks!

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