Simple Shoulder Stretch for Flexibility and Reduce Pain

How to Safely Stretch the Shoulders

Simple Shoulder Stretch
Simple Shoulder Stretch. Photodisc/Getty Images

There are several different exercises used to stretch the shoulders. This is a simple stretch you can do anytime and anywhere.

Simple Shoulder Stretch

  • Begin standing up straight with shoulders relaxed and back.
  • Reach your right arm up over your head, bend your elbow and reach your hand behind your neck.
  • With your elbow pointing up to the sky, slide your right palm down to your back.
  • With your left hand, grip your right elbow and gentle pull it toward your ear.
  • Continue sliding your right palm down your back without straining.
  • Hold for 10-20 seconds and release.
  • Repeat with the opposite arm.
  • Be sure to keep your head up and resist the urge to bend your neck forward.

You can modify this stretch based upon your own anatomy, flexibility and limitations.

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