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Exercises for Shoulder Flexibility: Wand Stretch

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. Always talk with your healthcare provider before starting this exercise.

  • Stand up or lie on the floor. Place the palm of your hand over the end of a yardstick, broom, 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 until you feel a stretch.

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

  • Repeat 3 to 5 times. Build up to holding each stretch for 10 to 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 healthcare provider.

Woman doing broom stretch shoulder exercise.

Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Thomas N Joseph MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Trina Bellendir PT
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2021
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