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Shoulder Active Range of Motion Exercises


Updated December 31, 2012

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Active Horizontal Abduction Exercise
Shoulder horizontal abduction in sidelying.

Lie on one side with your elbow straight and your arm out in front of you, parallel to the floor.

Brett Sears, 2011

The next shoulder active range of motion exercise is called horizontal abduction. Start this exercise by lying on your side with the shoulder to be exercised on the top.

Keep your elbow straight and flex your shoulder so that your arm is out in front of you and is parallel to the floor.

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