Hello, I'm Dr. Donald Ozello of Championship Chiropractic for LIVESTRONG.com. Today, I'm going to be speaking about how to gain stability in the proximal shoulder. Two very simple exercises can help you gain stability in the proximal aspect of your shoulder. Both of these exercises strengthen the muscles that retract the shoulder blades. Retraction of the shoulder blades pulls them closer to the spine. Both of these exercises are very simple and can be performed any time of the day at any location. The first one is simply standing up straight and good posture and pinching your shoulder blade together. You can keep your arms in a position like I have them or you could keep your arms down by your side or even behind your back. When you are in this position, stand up nice and straight, make sure that your head is not pulled forward, keep it in line with the spine, pinch your shoulder blades backwards. Hold that for six seconds and then relax. You can switch arm positions and do it again, hold for six seconds and relax. You can do ten repetitions of this simple exercise. Once you get that exercise down, you advance to another exercise. The other exercise is like arm circles that we used to do when we were a kid but you are holding the isometric contraction that I just talked about where your shoulder blades are pinched back together. That is going to strengthen up those muscles that contract the shoulder blade in different planes. Pinch the shoulder blades together, put your arms out straight, hold those shoulder blades pinched together and move your arms. Now I'm doing it very minimally and I can still feel that contraction in the back. You want to go in both directions going forward and going backwards. Once you get those down and can do those, obviously you do bigger circles with the arms. Be very beneficial and it's going to help you to gain strength in the proximal shoulder.