If you have pain in your back, do not do this exercise.
- While holding onto a table or the back of a chair with your good arm, bend forward a little and let your injured arm hang straight down.
- This exercise does not use the arm muscles. Rather, use your legs and your hips to create movement that makes your arm swing freely.
- Using the momentum from your hips and legs, guide the slightly swinging arm back and forth like a pendulum (or elephant trunk), then in circles that start small (about the size of a dinner plate) and gradually grow larger each day as pain allows.
- Do this exercise for 5 minutes, 5 to 7 times each day even while your shoulder is still tender from an injury or surgery.
- As you have less pain, try bending over a little farther to do this exercise. This will increase the amount of movement at your shoulder.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Timothy Bhattacharyya, MD|
|Last Revised||November 30, 2011|