Exercises for Shoulder Flexibility: Wall Walk
Improving your flexibility can reduce pain. Stretching exercises also can help increase your range of pain-free motion. Breathe normally when you exercise. Use smooth, fluid movements.
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:
- Stand with your shoulder about 2 feet from the wall.
- Raise your arm to shoulder level and gently "walk" your fingers up the wall as high as you can.
- Hold for a few seconds. Then walk your fingers back down.
- Repeat 3 times. Move closer to the wall as you repeat.
- Build up to holding each stretch for 30 seconds.
Caution: Do this stretch only if your healthcare provider recommends it. Don't do it when you are first injured.