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This stretch is great for increasing the flexibility of your shoulders.  I use it a lot with people recovering from frozen shoulder, but it can be useful in other cases too.  It is best to avoid this one if your shoulder is painful.


Stretch your Arms and Shoulders with a Towel

1. Roll a large bath towel into a sausage shape.

2. Hold one end in your good arm.

3. Raise your good arm above your shoulder, and hold the towel behind your back.

4. With your bad arm, reach gently behind you and grasp the other end of the towel as shown above.

5. Using your good arm, pull the towel up to stretch the bad shoulder.

6. Hold for 5 seconds.

7. Perform 3 times, twice a day.


– Keep breathing normally while you stretch. Do not hold your breath.
– Stretch gently and slowly. You should be able to feel a stretching sensation but it should not hurt.
– If a stretch becomes painful, stop immediately and seek advice from your therapist.
– Only perform stretches which have been prescribed or approved by a qualified individual such as your GP, physiotherapist or osteopath.