As published on Greatist.com
April 12, 2021
The shoulder shrug is one of the few exercises that works just one muscle,” says Alejandro Badia, MD, board-certified hand, wrist, and upper extremity orthopedic surgeon with Badia Hand to Shoulder Center in Florida.”
The fact that this move has a singular muscle focus may make you think you could skip it altogether. But actually, that’s not the case. Located at the base of the neck, you probably know your upper traps as the muscle that (ahem) traps stress, making your neck and shoulders feel stiff AF.
The upper trapezius is also the muscle that controls the movements of your scaps and upper back, Badia explains, helping you reach into the top cabinets for the Rose as well as lift a case off the porch.
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Alejandro Badia, M.D., is an internationally renowned hand and upper-limb surgeon and founder of Badia Hand to Shoulder Center and OrthoNOW®, a network of immediate orthopedic care centers. Dr. Badia is the author of Healthcare from the Trenches.
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