SHOULDER

Pec minor originates from the top of the scapular at the coracoid process and inserts into ribs 3, 4, and 5. When this muscle is short it can contribute to rounded shoulders and shoulder issues such as impingement.

 

The Y exercise works the middle and lower fibers of the trapezius muscle. These muscle fibers are often weak in individuals with shoulder issues. The lower trapezius fibers are important for pain-free overhead shoulder movement by helping to move the shoulder blade into upward rotation. A lack of movement in this direction can contribute to shoulder impingement issues.

 

BACK

The 90/90 stretch can free up hip mobility by stretching out the hip external rotators.

 

This stretch is aimed at stretching out the hip flexor muscles (predominately psoas and iliacus). These muscles can become tight with prolonged sitting and can be a factor in low back stiffness.

 

KNEE HEALTH

The gluteus medius muscle is an important muscle of the hip and is hugely important for knee health, hip health, and back health. This muscle can be weak (and is often weak) in individuals who have issues in any of these three joints. The exercise in the video is a good beginning movement for strengthening the gluteus medius muscle.