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Scaption is probably one of my favorite basic-ass exercises that packs a lot of punch when it comes to addressing shoulder impingement. May be effective for people experiencing pain: - • Reaching arms overhead • Reaching arms behind the back • Upon chest contact during bench press, or • In the front of the shoulder with general day-to-day activities. _ If you're feeling some of the above, scaption may be a better exercise alternative to the more popular front delt raise because they occur in something called the scapular plane. In other words, your humerus (upper arm bone) is more aligned with the natural plane of your shoulder socket, which is oriented at a ~30 degree angle. Keeping your arm aligned in this plane keeps the ball a little more congruent with the socket so to speak, and allows you to strengthen your shoulders while avoiding that pinching sensation. _ Front delt raises aren't necessarily bad for you but if you've got pinching pain with that motion (or with any motion really) see if going a bit wider helps with those symptoms. Scaption can be a useful component of a comprehensive rehab program involving scapulothoracic and glenohumeral strengthening & mobility exercises.
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