Chlorine Chronicle (Archive)NMSC Dec/02 Newsletter
Sore Shoulder? Try Coach Ben's Tomato Soup Miracle!
No, it's not a fad diet ... use the soup cans as a light weight for a shoulder exercise that really works, and the exercise only takes two minutes to do. Thanks Ben !!!
Hold a regular size can of soup (approx 10 oz) in each hand. Do not use a heavier weight, even though the exercise may seem easy. The exercise is designed to increase the blood flow to the shoulder area and reduce inflammation, not to increase strength. If you want to prevent injury try the exercise 3 times a week, but if you are rehabilitating an injury try the exercise 3 times a day!
Exercise 1 : In a standing position with arms down at your sides, hold soup cans with your palms facing to the back. Keeping arms straight, slowly raise arms out to your side up to shoulder height. Keep your palms facing backwards and your thumbs pointing to the floor. Repeat 15 times.
Exercise 2 : Same as exercise 1, except change your hand position so palms face forward and thumbs point to the ceiling.
Exercise 3 : Lying on your side rest your elbow on your side, bending your arm so that your hand is lowered to the ground in front of you. Hold the soup can with your palm facing your stomach. Slowly raise your hand and forearm until your forearm is parallel to the ground, and your palm is facing the ground, making sure your elbow stays in place on your side. Raise and lower the soup can in this way 15 times. Repeat with other arm.
Repeat all 3 exercises a second time.