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Exercises for Shoulder Flexibility: Wall WalkMan standing with arm raised and hand touching wall. Ghosting shows man with arm raised and standing closer to wall, hand higher on wall.

Improving your flexibility can reduce pain. Stretching exercises also can help increase your range of pain-free motion. Breathe normally when you exercise. And try to use smooth, fluid movements.

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:

  • Stand with your shoulder about 2 feet from the wall.

  • Raise your arm to shoulder level and gently “walk” your fingers up the wall as high as you can.

  • Hold for a few seconds. Then walk your fingers back down.

  • Repeat 3 times. Move closer to the wall as you repeat.

  • Build up to holding each stretch for 30 seconds.

CAUTION: Do this stretch only if your health care provider recommends it. Don’t do it when you are first injured.

  

 

Online Medical Reviewer: Larson, Kim APRN, FNP
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 9/26/2013
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