The shoulders are the most mobile joint in the body, as it is made up of humerus, scapula, and clavicle bones, with countless ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Mobility issues that develop in the shoulders can result from several types of activity or movements, such as:

  • Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Frozen Shoulders

Common Causes of Poor Shoulder Mobility

Force Coupling

Force coupling is the most essential part of keeping the versatility of the shoulder joints. It is when two equal and opposite forces join one another to produce rotational movement.


It is the most common cause of poor shoulder mobility. Even though stiffness and pain develop from inactivity, frozen shoulder is still common in those recovering from injury or surgery. 

Poor Posture

It also contributes to impingement issues because of the shoulders’ internal rotation. With internal rotation, it will create inflammation within the connective tissue causing shoulder pain. If you experience inflammation in the shoulder, bursitis or tendonitis could be present.

Common Corrective Exercises For Shoulder Mobility

Corrective exercises for shoulder mobility will help the patient improve their range of motion and flexibility, also alleviate their pain.

  • Wall Slides (for overall mobility)
  • Internal & External Rotation ( for rotator cuff)
  • Towel Stretch (for frozen shoulders)
  • Theraband Rows (for impingement)

These exercises aim to provide better shoulder mobility. They allow movement and activation through the rotator cuff to improve the stabilization of the shoulder joints. Using these stretches and strengthening exercises will help relieve tight muscles that result from poor posture, injuries, or inactivity.

Massage Rx: The Best Partner For Poor Shoulder Mobility

The shoulder is not stable because of a lack of strength and flexibility. Many exercise movements and daily activities use the shoulder, so it is vital to ensure it is strong enough and stable. When searching for the most reliable physical therapy you can trust for your shoulder mobility needs, Massage Rx is the name!

Before we provide the best treatment plan for your condition, we conduct a test with your shoulders mobility and functionality to determine the problem, such as:

  • External Rotation (90*)
  • Internal Rotation (60*)
  • Full Arc of the Shoulders (150*)
  • Shoulder Extension (50*)

To know more about how our physical therapist here at Massage Rx test your shoulder mobility, check the video here:

Interested in our manual physical therapy services but don’t want to leave home? Don’t fret! Call and book us now for the best in-home physical therapy you need and deserve! We also offer Prenatal Massage here in Los Angeles!