Time for an easy shoulder stretch!
This video has not been modified for injury or chronic pain issues. Please talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise routine. You want to skip this exercise if you are in acute pain in your neck or shoulder.
We’re going to be doing a very easy rotator cuff stretch for the the back side of the shoulder. This area commonly gets tight when working at the desk for many hours a day. This is a really nice, easy, effective stretch to help loosen up and relieve some pain you might be feeling by the back of the shoulder.
For the side that you want to stretch, take the same side hand and bring it behind your back so that your elbow is out. You’re going to take your opposite hand and bring it to the elbow. Take a breath in, and on the exhale, pull your elbow forward a little bit. Inhale, release. Exhale, pull the elbow forward a little bit.
You want to feel the back side of the shoulder stretching when you pull the elbow forward. The movement is not going to be very big. You may hardly even see my elbow moving right now, but it’s definitely effective, and I feel it.
I’ll do that as many times as I need until I feel like I have increased my range of motion. After doing several repetitions , my range of motion has increased, so maybe I’ll do one more. Then I’ll let it go, and switch to the other side.
For the side I want to stretch, I’m placing the hand behind my back, taking the opposite hand to the elbow, and on the exhale, pulling forward. This side is much less tight for me, so I don’t feel like I really need to stretch this side as much because I want to make sure that I’m getting the tighter side more balanced with the looser side.
You want to watch out for numbing, burning, and tingling sensations because we don’t want to stress out our nerves. The stretch should feel gentle and effective. There shouldn’t be any sharp pain and, like I mentioned before, any numbing, burning, or tingling sensations.
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