Upper Back, Neck & Shoulders

Shoulder and Upper Back Mobility- Dowel Exercises # 2

Shoulders and Upper Back Tight?

  • This time we are going on the ground
  • Hold the dowel nice a strong and far apart
  • Plant Right Arm in the ground and twist
  • Pull the Left Arm back as far as it can go
  • You should feel a stretch in the back of your left shoulder
  • Going the other way, Left Arm is pushing in the ground
  • Pull the Right Arm back as far as it can go
  • You should feel a stretch in the back of your right shoulder- you may feel a stretch in the bottom of your rib cage as well

Want to add Strength too?

  • Lying on your belly
  • Hold the dowel nice and tight
  • Lift the dowel up just off the ground
  • Keep your head up
  • Pull the dowel, slowly, down to your chest
  • Push the dowel, slowly, out until your arms are straight
  • Make sure to keep the dowel level off the ground- slow out and slow back
  • You can hold it for a count of 30 seconds- pushing out
  • You can hold it for a count of 30 seconds- pulling back

Front of your Shoulders Tight?

  • Lying on your belly
  • Hold the dowel behind you
  • Hands down facing floor
  • Lift the dowel up towards the roof
  • Hold for as long as you can

Converse…

  • Turn your hands around
  • Hands facing the ceiling
  • Lift the dowel back towards the roof
  • Hold for as long as you can

There is a slightly different stretch in each of these positions- its up to you to decide which one works best for you. These stretches also add strength which will help to change your posture than just stretching alone.

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