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Exercises and advice following: Shoulder Capsular Release

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You should start the following exercises as soon as possible following your operation.

When performing the exercises make sure you maintain goof posture and concentrate on keeping your shoulders relaxed.

Exercise 1: Scapular setting
1. Stand up and place your feet so one foot is in front of the other (the foot opposite the side of your shoulder operation should be placed in front).
2. Imagine a string from the top of your head to the ceiling is pulling you upwards.
3. Focus on the tip of your shoulder blades and gently pull down and inwards.

Repeat____times, _____ times a day

Exercise 2: Forward flexion
1. Sit down in front of a table.
2. Place your palms down on the table.
3. Gently lean forwards and slide your palms away from you.
4. Return to your starting position.

Repeat____times, _____ times a day

Exercise 3: Abduction
1. Sit down with the table on your operated side.
2. Place the palm of your operated arm on the table.
3. Gently lean towards the table and slide your palm away from you.
4. Return to your starting position.

Repeat____times, _____ times a day

Exercise 4: Assisted flexion
1. Lay on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor
2. Hold a walking stick in both hands.
3. Keeping your arms straight, raise both arms over your head as far as is comfortable, hold for five seconds.

Repeat____times, _____ times a day

Exercise 5: Assisted abduction
1. Lay on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor.
2. Place the palms of your operated arm over one end of the walking stick. Grasp the other end of the stick with your other hand.
3. Keeping your operated arm in contact with them floor, use the stick to assist movement of your operated arm out to the side (away from your body), as far as comfortable.
4. Return to starting position.

Repeat____times, _____ times a day

Exercise 6: Assisted external rotation
1. Stand with your back against a wall, holding the stick in both hands.
2. Bend your elbows to 90 degrees.
3. Keeping the elbow of your operated arm in contact with your side, use the stick to assist movement of your hand (operated side) towards the wall as far as is comfortable.
4. Return to starting position.

Repeat_____ times, _____ times a day

General Advice
• Try to use the arm as normally as possible, as early as possible.
• Keep your neck, elbow, wrist and hand moving normally.
• Avoid any heavy lifting until advises by your physiotherapist.
• Make sure you take adequate pain relief, at regular intervals, to enable you to perform your exercises.
• Ice packs are really useful to help reduce pain and swelling. Wrap some ice cubes or frozen peas, in a damp tea towel and apply over the tender areas. Apply for 10-15 minutes, three to four times a day or as advised by your physiotherapist