Exercises for Shoulder Flexibility: Back Scratch
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.
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 straight, placing the back of your hand on the side you want to stretch flat against your lower back.
- Throw one end of a towel over your shoulder. Grab it behind your back with your other hand.
- Pull down gently on the towel with your front arm. Let your back arm slide up as high as is comfortable. You'll feel a stretch in your shoulder. Hold the stretch for a few seconds.
- Repeat 3 to 5 times. Build up to holding each stretch for 30 to 60 seconds.
For your safety, check with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program.