Shoulder Stretches To Relieve Pain

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There’s no doubt that wheelchair users have sore, tired muscles from transferring and pushing a wheelchair all day long. The same can be said for individuals who use walkers.

Here’s some shoulder stretches to relieve the tension: 

These stretches stretch out the muscles in the front of the shoulders and strengthen the muscles in the back to keep your shoulders balanced and healthy.

Shoulder Stretch #1

  • Put your arm at a right angle and place it against a wall – just at the corner.
  • Turn your chair away from your elbow until you feel a stretch in the front of your shoulder.
  • Hold for 20 seconds, relax, then repeat.

Shoulder Stretch #2

  • Straighten your arm and place it on the wall, at a slightly lower level from your shoulder.
  • Turn your body away from your arm. This stretch helps lengthen the biceps.
  • Hold for 20 seconds, relax, then repeat.
  • Doing these stretches three times a week should help alleviate some shoulder pain.

Here's to happy, healthy shoulders! 

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