Range of Motion: Shoulder Horizontal Abduction

range of motion Jul 03, 2023


To test the Shoulder Horizontal Abduction range of motion with an inclinometer, follow these steps:

  1. Have the client start in a seated or standing position, with their arm flexed in front of their body at 90 degrees.
  2. Place the smart device on top of the client’s humerus. 
  3. As this test involves rotation, the Measurz inclinometer will adopt its transverse plane feature. So, please ensure that the inclinometer is set at 0 degrees before proceeding with this protocol.
  4. Once set, instruct the client to horizontally abduct their shoulder away from their body as far as they can go. When maximal range of motion is achieved, hit the pause, and then the save button to review the results. NB: Should be looking to achieve at least 130 degrees of shoulder horizontal abduction.

The normal range of motion for Shoulder Horizontal Abduction can vary depending on factors such as age, sex, and physical activity levels. However, we should be aiming for 180 degrees of shoulder abduction.



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