What is a good shoulder stretch to increase internal rotation?

Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
Here's how to do a shoulder stretch with internal rotation:

Reps: 3-4
Sets: 1
Intensity: Moderate
Hold: 10-30 seconds
Rest: No rest needed

Starting position: Stand up straight with your feet hip-width apart and your hands by your sides.

Movement: Place the back of your right hand against the small of your back at your waist. Your thumb should be pointing up. Slowly slide your right hand farther up your back as high as you can. Hold. Finish all reps, then repeat with your left hand.

Tips and techniques:
  • Stretch to the point of mild tension, not pain.
  • Maintain neutral posture with your shoulders down and back.
  • Breathe comfortably.
Too hard? Make your movement smaller.

Too easy? Repeat the stretch several times during the day.

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