A balanced shoulder maintains stability of the joint and neutralizes undesirable joint movement. When the rotator cuff is fit and healthy, it helps serve both of these functions.
The muscles we don’t necessarily see in the mirror, but which should probably be working.
The Rotator Cuff (RTC)
- Supraspinatus (most commonly affected in RTC tears 4,5)
- Teres Minor
Scapular Stabilizers (Muscles that help stabilize the shoulder blades)
- Levator Scapulae (Typically need stretching)
- Serratus Anterior
- Upper, Middle, and Lower Trapezius