Strengthen to Reduce Shoulder Pain

Video by Dr. Justin Thompson

We see all sorts of shoulder pains in our St. Louis Park clinics. Oftentimes, there is some level of rotator cuff involvement. The ‘Empty the Can’ shoulder exercise, a lesser-known gem in the world of fitness, targets these rotator cuff muscles that make it a worthwhile addition to your workout routine. This exercise primarily targets the supraspinatus muscle, one of the four rotator cuff muscles, helping to enhance shoulder stability and prevent injuries. By isolating this muscle, ‘Empty the Can’ promotes improved posture, reduced risk of impingement, and increased shoulder strength. Additionally, it’s a fantastic choice for individuals of all fitness levels, as it can be easily modified to suit different needs and abilities. In the paragraph below, I have attached research exploring the benefits of rotator cuff strengthening. Incorporating ‘Empty the Can’ into your workout routine can lead to stronger, healthier shoulders and better overall upper body function. So, next time you hit the gym, don’t forget to give this exercise a try!

In a RCT referenced below, it was found that at one-year follow-up, operative treatment is no better than conservative treatment with regard to non-traumatic supraspinatus tears, and that conservative treatment should be considered as the primary method of treatment for this condition. Another research review linked below concluded that exercise had statistically and clinically significant effects on pain reduction and improving function of the shoulder.

One exercise is never going to be the quick fix when it comes to pain. Movement is one component that can contribute to those pains. So if you are still struggling with shoulder pain, reach out! The team at the chiro health clinics is here to help and can give you a full chiropractic assessment to give you the answers you are looking for.

Research Referenced

Kuhn, J. E. (2009). Exercise in the treatment of rotator cuff impingement: a systematic review and a synthesized evidence-based rehabilitation protocol. Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery, 18(1), 138-160.

Kukkonen J, Joukainen A, Lehtinen J, et al. Treatment of non-traumatic rotator cuff tears. Bone Joint J. 2014;96-B(1):75-81. doi:10.1302/0301-620X.96B1.32168

Takeda Y, Kashiwaguchi S, Endo K, Matsuura T, Sasa T: The most effective exercise for strengthening the supraspinatus muscle: Evaluation by magnetic resonance imaging. Am J Sports Med 2002;30:374-381.

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We love to help our patients in St. Louis Park stay healthy. We are here to relieve back pain, neck pain and headaches while also teaching about how our diet and stress effects our over all health. By improving these areas of our lives we can become healthier, stay out of pain and reduce risk of diseases. Our Chiropractors, located in the West End, near the corner of MN-100 S & Lake Rd./Westside Dr., want to help you stay healthy and out of pain!