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Exercises To Do While Sitting Down

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Shoulder blade stretch (Figure 3)

This exercise helps increase your shoulder blade movement.

Figure 3

  • Sit in a chair very close to a table with your back against the back of the chair.
  • Place the unaffected arm on the table with your elbow bent and palm down. Do not move this arm during the exercise.
  • Place the affected arm on the table, palm down, with your elbow straight.
  • Without moving your trunk, slide the affected arm forward, toward the opposite side of the table. You should feel your shoulder blade move as you do this.
  • Relax your arm and repeat 5 to 7 times.

Shoulder blade squeeze (Figure 4)

This exercise also helps increase shoulder blade movement.

Figure 4

  • Facing straight ahead, sit in a chair in front of a mirror. Do not rest against the back of the chair.
  • Your arms should be at your sides with your elbows bent.
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together, bringing your elbows behind you. Keep your shoulders level as you do this. Do not lift your shoulders up toward your ears.
  • Return to the starting position and repeat 5 to 7 times.

Side bending (Figure 5)

This exercise helps increase movement of your trunk and body.

Figure 5

  • Sit in a chair and clasp your hands together in front of you. Lift your arms slowly over your head, straightening your arms.
  • When your arms are over your head, bend your trunk to the right. Bend at your waist and keep your arms overhead.
  • Return to the starting position and bend to the left.
  • Repeat 5 to 7 times.

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