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Shoulder Rotation Stretch Exercise

Exercise for Seniors

What this exercise does.

Stretches shoulder muscles.

How this exercise helps you.

Stretching the shoulder muscles helps to increase blood circulation and improve range of motion. Shoulder stretches are important for the flexibility and range of motion of the shoulder. Shoulder flexibility allows for the unrestricted and pain free movement of the shoulder.

Exercise Instructions

1. Lie flat on floor, pillow under head, legs straight. If your back bothers you, place a rolled towel under your knees.

2. Stretch arms straight out to side. Your shoulders and upper arms will remain flat on the floor throughout this exercise.

3. Bend elbows so that your hands are pointing toward the ceiling. Let your arms slowly roll backwards from the elbow. Stop when you feel a stretch or slight discomfort, and stop immediately if you feel a pinching sensation or a sharp pain.

4. Hold position for 10 to 30 seconds.

5. Slowly raise your arms, still bent at the elbow, to point toward the ceiling again. Then let your arms slowly roll forward, remain- ing bent at the elbow, to point toward your hips. Stop when you feel a stretch or slight discomfort.

6. Hold position for 10 to 30 seconds.

7. Alternate pointing above head, then toward ceiling, then toward hips. Begin and end with pointing-above-head position.

8. Repeat 3 to 5 times.

Shoulder Rotation Stretch 1 Shoulder Rotation Stretch 2

Stretching Success

If you're wet and sweaty, take a bath or shower then stretch, as the hot water will help relax the muscles, and prevent you from catching a chill.

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