Cross Body Stretch
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Purpose: To gain range of motion of the shoulder, specifically the tissue on the back side.
Start Position: In the standing position, relax the involved shoulder and arm; with your opposite hand, grasp the side to be stretched just above the elbow; the arm should be held below shoulder level with your palm facing forward and up
Action: Pull the involved arm towards the midline of your body until you feel a stretch in the back of the shoulder
Parameters: Repeat movement 20-25 times
Tips: Do not let your shoulder elevate towards your ear; if you experience pain/pinching in the front of your shoulder, make sure your palm is oriented forward and up; you may also want to lower the arm closer to your side; don't let your trunk rotate