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Shoulder Active Range of Motion Exercises

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Updated December 31, 2012

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Shoulder Abduction Exercise in Sidelying
Shoulder abduction whil lying on your side.

Lie on one side and slowly lift your arm up towards the ceiling.

Brett Sears, 2011

Once your arm is straight and resting on your hip, slowly lift your arm up into the air and towards the ceiling. Be sure to keep your arm in line with your body, and make sure your thumb remains pointing at the ceiling.

Move your shoulder fully through a pain-free ROM, and then slowly lower your arm back down to the starting position. Perform 8 to 12 repetitions of this exercise, and then progress to the next exercise.

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