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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 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.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT
Online Medical Reviewer: Image reviewed by StayWell medical illustration team.
Online Medical Reviewer: Joseph, Thomas N., MD
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2018
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