Shoulder Stretch

Upper Body Stretches

With this shoulder stretch, you will be lengthening and toning the deltoid muscles.

The deltoid muscle is a rounded, triangular shaped muscle found on the uppermost part of the arm and on top of the shoulder.

This muscle is the widest at the shoulder and narrows as it moves down the arm.

The deltoid is the primary muscle of the shoulder and the primary target for this stretch.

In addition you will also be helping keep your rotator cuff strong and healthy.

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that are located between the scapula (shoulder blade) and the humerus bone (upper arm bone).

Be sure to only stretch to the point of mild discomfort and not to the point of pain.

Over stretching can cause small tears and injuries to the muscles.

Stretch #4 - Shoulder Stretch

There are two stretches with this exercise fitness video. The instructions below are for both of these.

The first one stretches the back of the shoulder area with the second one stretching the front region.

Back of the shoulder stretch
  1. Standing up straight place your right arm out in front of you keeping it straight.
  2. Now bring it across your body while grabbing above the elbow with your left hand.
  3. Pull across the body until you feel the stretch in the upper part and back of the shoulder.
  4. Hold this stretch for 20 - 30 seconds.
  5. Repeat for the other arm.
Front of the shoulder 
  1. Raise your right hand with elbow bent and slightly lower than shoulder level.
  2. Place your forearm up against a stable object like a post or door frame.
  3. Turn your body away from the post until you feel the stretch in the front of the shoulders.
  4. Hold this for 20 - 30 seconds.

Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move correctly. 

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