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Exercises for Shoulder Flexibility: Broom Stretch

Woman doing broom stretch shoulder exercise.Improving your flexibility can reduce pain. Stretching exercises also can help increase your range of pain-free motion. Breathe normally when you exercise. Try to use smooth, fluid movements. Never force a stretch.

  • Stand up or lie on the floor. Place the palm of your hand over the end of a broomstick or cane. Grasp the stick farther down with the other hand, palm facing down.

  • Push the end of the stick up on the side of your injured shoulder as high as is comfortable.

  • Hold for a few seconds. Return to the starting position.

  • Repeat 3–5 times. Build up to holding each stretch for 10–30  seconds.

Note: Follow any special instructions you are given. If you feel pain, stop the exercise. If the pain continues after stopping, call your health care provider.

Online Medical Reviewer: Hanrahan, John, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 8/6/2013
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