Shoulder pressing (or any type of pressing) should be a staple in your exercise program. Unfortunately, when dealing with lower back pain this exercise becomes one that we throw out due to irritation.

There are a lot of different ways to hit the shoulders but one of my go-to exercises is the staggered stance dumbbell shoulder press. It’s super easy and gentle on the body.

Doing the staggered press on your knee accomplishes 2 things:

1- Allows you to lock in a healthy pelvic position

2- It makes it easier to stabilize the trunk and keep the ribs down when under load.

The better position we can keep our trunk and lumbar spine in the better the exercise will feel!

When doing other alternatives such as the standing or seated press you run into issues with being in too much extension when in the top position. This is where most people with sensitive low backs run into trouble.

Try it out and let me know what you think.

Question: What is your favorite shoulder exercise and why?

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