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McVick
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Dead hangs for a stiff shoulder?
I was talking to a co-worker about my stiff shoulder and asked if he could recommend a physical therapist. He mentioned that I should look into dead hangs to see if it helps out with the stiffness. I don't appear to have a limited range of motion (can raise my arm over my head and parallel with my body) but my right arm has felt slightly weaker than six months ago. The "pain" is more chronic than acute and really just feels sore.

Has anyone here tried dead hangs for shoulder pain/stiffness?


SabiDojo
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re: Dead hangs for a stiff shoulder?
Dead hangs, German hangs,and resistance bands and just do rom stuff.

I think it works but others may disagree


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LSUfan20005
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re: Dead hangs for a stiff shoulder?
Where's the stiffness and pain come from?

If it's due to tight pec minor and internal rotation, hanging won't help much.


McVick
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re: Dead hangs for a stiff shoulder?
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Where's the stiffness and pain come from?


I don't know what caused the stiffness, as I can't remember doing anything to the shoulder. The stiffness starts more at the outer part of the muscle and wraps around towards the shoulder blade. Let's say I feel the weakness with an incline chest press but not a row, and a pectoral fly feels good for the stretch.


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AZBadgerFan
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re: Dead hangs for a stiff shoulder?
I have two surgically-repaired shoulders (rotator cuff/ impingement/bicep tendon issues) and have been doing dead hangs and loaded carries for the past couple of years on the advice of a former trainer for a MLB club and they work wonders. This article on T Nation addresses both. I do dead hangs every day, loaded carries 3-4 days a week.

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Gravity and injuries encourage the shoulder to deform and cause the acromion to become hooked downward. So by having the arm extended overhead, the humerus will press against the acromion and remodel it over time. The dead hang can also help strengthen the rotator cuff and increase shoulder range of motion.

Just hang from a pull-up bar with an overhand grip set at shoulder width. Allow the shoulders to completely "relax" instead of packing the shoulder blades.




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Lester Earl
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re: Dead hangs for a stiff shoulder?
joe rogan swears by it. pretty sure he's talked about it on his podcast


AZBadgerFan
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re: Dead hangs for a stiff shoulder?
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joe rogan swears by it. pretty sure he's talked about it on his podcast


Found it


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Neauxla
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re: Dead hangs for a stiff shoulder?
I do it all the time when my shoulders are tight. No one told me to do it, but it makes my shoulders feel better.


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jennyjones
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re: Dead hangs for a stiff shoulder?
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Dead hangs for a stiff shoulder?


Highly recommend!

If your shoulder is very stiff, try using this several times a week as well: LINK
This post was edited on 2/8 at 11:54 pm


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Hot Carl
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re: Dead hangs for a stiff shoulder?
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joe rogan swears by it. pretty sure he's talked about it on his podcast




That’s where I heard about it. Unfortunately for me, though, it appears to work for rotator cuff problems, but not with the labrum.


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