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Scapular arm reach (lying down)

  1. Lie on your back on a firm surface, like the floor or a firm bed. You can bend your knees or put a pillow under your knees.
  2. Point your arms toward the ceiling. Keep your elbows straight.
  3. Reach higher toward the ceiling. Keep your elbows straight. All motion should be from your shoulder blades. Your shoulders will come off the floor or bed a little bit.
  4. Slowly relax and return your arms to the starting position.
  5. Repeat 8 to 12 times.

Current as of: July 18, 2023

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