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Exercises for Shoulder Flexibility: Wall Walk

Man doing wall walk 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. 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.

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: 3/1/2018
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