What To Do About An Elevated Shoulder

What To Do About An Elevated Shoulder

I’m sharing my recent Google Hangout where I answer your questions. This is a question that came from customer support and it’s from Laura A.

“Hi Rick! I just wanted to ask if you have any suggestions on how to fix a shoulder height imbalance. My left shoulder is significantly higher than my right and I am not exactly sure what I should do to fix that. I look forward to hearing back from you”.


First, we all tend to have differences in our shoulders. Usually, our dominant side that we use all the time sits slightly lower than the other side. This is because we use that shoulder a lot more, so it’s a lot loser and hangs down more. Second, there could also be a difference if you had a previous injury in one of your shoulders that might affect the height that you have in your shoulder.

Third, you need to look at your upper trapezius, as it could be overactive. The previous injury might have caused it to be overactive, you might have stress that congregates there, or you might have poor posture. You need to work on deactivating and relaxing that upper trap.

upper trapezius

Fourth, work on activating the shoulder blade muscles, specifically the lower trapezius. This will help move that shoulder blade down towards the midline or towards the spine. Finally, do downward punches. Take a pulley or resistant tubing and push/punch down. This will help lower the shoulder. You are activating the serratus anterior which is one of the shoulder blade muscles, some of the other shoulder blade muscles, and the lower trapezius. Work on activating those muscles that help turn off the upper trapezius.

How to Do Downward Punches

Downward Punches

So there you go, Laura! Give those exercises and ideas a go! I will do a more comprehensive YouTube video when I get into the gym where I will go through these exercises a little bit more and some lower trapezius exercises.

If you are a health and fitness professional or an enthusiast who wants to learn more about muscle imbalances, I recommend checking out the Muscle Imbalances Revealed Series. It is amazing when it comes to muscle imbalances. If you want to learn more about scapular stabilization exercises or shoulder blade muscles, then check out the Scapular Stabilization Exercises program that I have set up.

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Take care!

Rick Kaselj, MS

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