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  • How can i keep my shoulders back
  • Help to keep shoulders down and back

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    01-12-2012, 08:45 PM
Green Broke
Has anyone tried "shoulders back?"

I recently ended up with a shoulder blade injury involving the ligaments and the nerves. Don't worry, it wasn't a horse injury haha, just something I did at home. Anyway, I go to physical therapy and the therapist has been "taping" my shoulder blade into place and I am to practice putting my shoulders back and down, much like what you are supposed to do for riding, especially dressage. Well, I HATE the tape.

Anyway, I found this EquiFit ShouldersBack - Rider Therapeutics from SmartPak Equine which is supposed to help keep your shoulders in proper place. I was wondering if anyone has tried it and if it helps with your shoulders and posture. I'm thinking this might be an alternative to the tape, as well as something to continue using while I ride or do any exercise to keep from straining those ligaments again.

Your opinions on the "Shoulders Back" is greatly appreciated.
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    01-12-2012, 10:11 PM
Green Broke
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    01-16-2012, 01:54 AM
I can't say I've ever heard of that before, but it looks interesting!

I'm a flutist and my left shoulder *always* falls forward while I ride so I have to constantly remind myself to bring it back. This seems like it could really help fix that problem.

Thanks for sharing! I hope someone else has some experience they could share about it :)
    01-16-2012, 07:42 AM
No-but I did get one.....lol. Yet another thing I got and never used.....
I may still have it if you are interested in buying it.....
    02-03-2012, 09:41 PM
Here's my problem with it. Open shoulders are just an after affect of an open chest. I can sit all day with my chest slouched and still put my shoulders back. It doesn't in any way help my posture and I would imagine it would cause considerable pain after sitting like that for awhile. Instead of shoulders back, think chest open.
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    02-03-2012, 10:06 PM
I'm sure it probably helps, but TBH if I'm at a show the last thing I need is an extra piece of clothing! I've never had a problem with my shoulders though so no tips from me on how to fix it! Lol
    02-04-2012, 02:49 AM
"Show off what'cha got. Be proud, get loud"

That's how I remember to keep my shoulders down and back. Though OP it's worth trying...!
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    02-04-2012, 03:31 PM
Green Broke
Well, it has helped A LOT. My shoulder actually healed in half the time that the Ortho thought it would. He actually wanted the info to order some for other patients with similar injuries!
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    02-04-2012, 09:29 PM
Have you tried putting one arm, elbow bent behind your back and holding on to your other arm? This pulls the shoulder back and down. Then switch arms.
    02-04-2012, 09:46 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Have you tried putting one arm, elbow bent behind your back and holding on to your other arm? This pulls the shoulder back and down. Then switch arms.
I can do that, but you can't stay that way 24/7 or ride that way, or do anything else actually LOL.

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