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Exercises for Shoulder Flexibility: Broom Stretch

Woman standing with broom, one hand at tip of broom handle, the other hand at base of handle. Broom handle is almost vertical, stretching arm and hand holding onto tip of handle. Ghosted image shows broom in horizontal position, with arms down.

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 as high as is comfortable.

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

  • Repeat 3–5 times. Build up to holding each stretch for 10–30  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.

 

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