Shoulder Pain Stretching Exercises

There are many shoulder pain stretching exercises that are used by physical therapists. However, you may be looking for a few exercises that are easy to do anywhere. Fortunately, there’s a physical therapy team that can help you find such exercises.

Our Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation team is known for many things in eastern New Jersey. For instance, we’re known for taking a hands-on approach to therapy. Our team is also known for working with patients one-on-one through every phase of their therapy plan. We’re also known for creating personalized therapy plans that set achievable goals for our patients. Furthermore, our team is known for using the best evidence-based therapies in our treatment plans, and shoulder pain stretching exercises are one tool we may use to help people with shoulder problems.

Two shoulder pain stretching exercises that may help you

Shoulder pain can be caused by many injuries and other issues, and one of these issues is overly tight shoulder muscles. However, there are also many shoulder pain stretching exercises that can help relieve muscle tightness.

One stretch aimed at loosening tight shoulder muscles is the upper trapezius stretch. This stretch is designed to stretch the upper trapezius muscle that connects the shoulder and neck. To perform this stretch, you’ll want to stand or sit up as tall as possible. Then, place your right hand on your lower back with your palm facing away from your body. Next, put your left hand on your head and gently pull your head to the left until you feel the stretch in your neck and shoulder. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and then repeat these steps for the left shoulder.

A second stretch that may help tight shoulder muscles is the elbow-out rotator stretch. This stretch targets the supraspinatus, infraspinatus and teres minor in your shoulder. The first step of the elbow-out rotator stretch is to sit or stand up as tall as you can. Then, you’ll place your left hand on the middle of your back with your palm and elbow pointing out. Next, reach your right hand across the body and grab your left bicep or elbow. Finally, gently pull forward on your left arm until you feel a stretch and hold for 30 seconds. Once you’ve stretched the left shoulder, switch sides and stretch your right shoulder for 30 seconds as well.

These two stretches are great additions to any shoulder pain treatment plan, and they can be done almost anywhere. In addition to stretches, shoulder pain therapy programs from Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation may also include therapies such as:

  • Active Release Techniques®
  • Manual therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Massage therapy

Do you want the most effective shoulder pain stretching exercises and other therapies included in your therapy plan? That’s exactly what you’ll get from our team at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation. All you have to do to begin your treatment process with us is take one initial step.

Contact  our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.

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