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Shoulder and Upper Back Stretch

To start, stand tall with your ears, shoulders, and hips in line. Your feet should be slightly apart, positioned just under your hips. Focus your eyes directly in front of you. Stand in this position for a few seconds before starting your exercise. This helps increase your awareness of proper posture.

Reach overhead and slightly back with both arms. Keep your shoulders and neck aligned and your elbows behind your shoulders:

  • With your palms facing the ceiling, turn your fingers inward.

  • Take a deep breath. Breathe out, and lower your elbows toward your buttocks. Hold for 5 seconds, then return to starting position.

  • Repeat 3 times.

Woman with both arms raised and slightly to back.

Woman with arms raised overhead, palms up, fingers inward.

Woman with arms to sides, elbows bent, palms up.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT
Online Medical Reviewer: Joseph, Thomas N., MD
Last Review Date: 8/16/2015
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