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Arm reach

This exercise strengthens the muscles that hold your shoulder blade, or scapula. Lie flat on your back on a table. Raise both arms and elbows straight up. Hold this position throughout the exercise. Reach towards the ceiling by lifting your shoulder blades off the table. Relax your shoulder blades back to the table, then repeat around 10 times. All movement should come only from raising or lowering your shoulder blades.

Arm reach

Review Date: 6/13/2021

Reviewed By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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