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March 7, 2023
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This week we’ll be looking at how to do the motion of shoulder horizontal adduction with a resistance band.

Horizontal adduction occurs any time you reach across the midline of the body. You may not notice you’re doing this motion, but it’s pretty common!

For example, let’s say you’re at dinner and someone asks you to pass an item on the table. You grab the item with your right hand and pass it to the person sitting on your left. You just did horizontal adduction! 

Fascinating, right??

Well, the main point is that horizontal adduction is a very functional motion, therefore, we need to make sure those muscles are working properly.

For this exercise, you can use any resistance band. You’ll either loop it around something sturdy, such as a doorknob, or if you have a door anchor, it can be hooked directly into the door itself. The ShoulderFit Resistance Exerciser would be a very good option for this.

Let’s try it out!

Step 1: Starting Position:

  • Once your resistance band has been connected to its anchor, stand so that the arm you intend to use is closest to the door.
  • Hold the band with that arm.
  • Stand slightly away from the door so that the working arm can begin in an extended position.
  • The arm should be positioned about shoulder height with the palm facing forward.

Step 2: Horizontal Adduction:

  • While keeping the working arm straight, pull the arm directly across toward the midline of the body until the arm is directly in front of the shoulder.
  • Your thumb should be facing up towards the ceiling.
  • Hold this position for 2 seconds, then return to your starting position.
  • Repeat 10-15x for 2-3 sets.
  • Make sure to keep the arm straight the whole time.
  • Avoid allowing the shoulder and back to hunch or round forward.


Super simple!

This is a great one to add to your workout routine for best shoulder health. 

Just remember, if the motion feels too challenging, you can always modify the height of the arm, amount of resistance and number of repetitions/sets to make it more tolerable.


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About the Author Shelby

Shelby Green is a Florida-licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), currently practicing at St. Anthony’s Resource Center Outpatient Rehabilitation in St. Petersburg, FL. Shelby received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Florida, followed by her DPT from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Shelby has 6 years clinical experience practicing in both the acute care and outpatient rehab settings. Specialties include orthopedics, with additional training in specific manual therapy techniques for pain management, as well as extensive training as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist.

Shelby is a Tampa, FL native, which is where she and her husband currently reside. Their favorite activities include spending time with family and anything outdoors, such as walking, bike riding, and going to the beach.

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