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Correcting Your Misaligned Shoulders

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Shoulder pain can throw off your day-to-day, especially if your range of motion is compromised. Suddenly, reaching for an item on the top shelf, putting on your jacket, or picking up your toddler sends a wincing pinch to the area. This could be a sign that your rotator cuff, which consists of four muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis), might be out of whack.

To ease shoulder pain as well as reduce future aches, try this strengthening sequence.

Start with a static extension stretch to reposition your shoulder blades. From there, perform hand and leg lifts with a synchronized motion to help restore your body’s natural balance and range of motion. Ease into a counter-stretch position and hang. Reset your spine with cats and dogs before continuing onto a series of arm circles. Next, perform a sitting floor twist on each side to remind your body how to rebalance itself. Lastly, complete three sets of hero squats, which are great for both your shoulders and (added bonus!) your abs.