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Shoulder Exercises: Shoulder Press

Man holding hand weights with one elbow at shoulder level, palms forward. Other arm is raised.

This exercise stretches and strengthens your shoulders. Before starting, read through all the instructions. During the exercise, breathe normally and use smooth movements. Stop if you feel any pain. If pain persists, call your healthcare provider.

  • Hold a ____ pound weight in each hand, elbows at shoulder level, palms facing forward. Arms to the side and slightly forward. Ask your physical therapist how much weight to use. 

  • Raise one arm up until it’s almost straight. Hold for a second. Lower the weight, extending the other arm up.

  • Repeat ____ times with each arm. Do ____ sets ____ times a day.

CAUTION: If you have shoulder problems, consult your healthcare provider before doing this exercise. Keep your head and body still during the exercise. Only your arms should move.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 8/1/2019
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