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Shoulder Abduction (Flexibility)

  1. Stand up straight or lie on your back on the floor with legs straight. Hold a broomstick horizontally. Cup the top of the broomstick with your right hand. Hold the broomstick just above the broom with your left hand, palm facing down.

  2. Push the broomstick to the right with your left hand, raising your right arm up. Raise it only as high as feels comfortable.

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

  4. Repeat 3 to 5 times, or as instructed. Build up to holding each stretch for 10 to 30 seconds.

  5. Switch sides and repeat if instructed.

 

Tip: If you don’t have a broom, you can also do this exercise with a cane, mop, or yardstick.

Online Medical Reviewer: Kenny Turley PA-C
Online Medical Reviewer: L Renee Watson MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2020
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