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Loop-the-loop – to assess shoulder mobility

A test to indicate your shoulder mobility

Hours working at a computer, surfing the net, watching TV, driving or simply sitting with poor posture can cause the shoulders to tighten up and the joints to lose mobility. The loop-the-loop exercise test therefore assesses your shoulder mobility in all directions.

How to do this exercise


Sit or stand with your right arm straight up, and then bend your forearm from the elbow and reach your hand down to between your shoulder blades. Then take the left arm behind you, palm outwards, and attempt to make the hands meet.

Results of this exercise


If you can link the fingers, then you’re doing exceptionally well. If they touch, you’ve got no problems. If the fingertips are less than two inches apart, you could do with a bit of extra mobility, and if the gap is more than two inches, you definitely need to do some more shoulder work! If the test is easier to do on one side than the other, it means that there is an imbalance between the right and left sides that needs to be addressed, too.

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