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Shoulder flexion (isometric)

  1. Hold your affected arm against your body, and bend your elbow about 90 degrees (like the letter "L"), with your hand straight ahead. Make a closed fist, with your thumb on top.
  2. Face a wall, and step forward until your fist is against the wall. Your elbow should still be against your body.
  3. Press your fist against the wall with about half of your strength or less. Don't let your body move backward as you press.
  4. Hold for about 6 seconds, and then relax.
  5. Repeat 8 to 12 times.
  6. It's a good idea to repeat these steps with your other arm.

Current as of: July 18, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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