Alberta Cancer Foundation

Straighten Up

To reduce the strain, try this simple shoulder exercise. You can do this exercise in your office.

  • Stand up, extend your arms out at out at your sides, about shoulder height, palms up.
  • With control bend your arms towards your body, pulling your shoulder blades together. Your elbows should drop to your side.
  • Hold for five seconds, repeat five times.
  • You should feel a stretch across your chest and the front of your shoulders.
  • Ease the stretch if you feel a sharp pain, you should only feel a light tension.
  • Modified version: Start with your hands lower than shoulder height. Increase your range of motion over time by raising your hand starting position over the course of several weeks.