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Relief for your neck and shoulders

No, this isn’t a picture of a robbery.  It’s a great exercise that not only relieves your shoulder pain, it strengthens your muscles to prevent further pain.

All that’s required for a proper wall angel is a stretch of empty wall. Put your back against the wall with your heels touching and your elbows at 90 degrees. If your heels don’t reach the wall yet, that’s ok.  Focus instead on making sure your hips, spine, and shoulder blades are pressed into the wall.  It doesn’t matter if your knees are bent or not.

Begin to straighten your arms directly overhead, trying to at least keep the elbows sliding up against the wall. As you get stronger and looser, your forearms and the back of your hands will be able to stay in contact with the wall as well.

If you want to be an over-achiever, pull your bellybutton into the wall to tighten your abdomen.  This also helps keep your spine against the wall.

Lift and lower your arms five times at your own pace.  Going slowly may help you more.  Try this once or even twice a day and I bet you’ll feel better in a hurry.  I’m amazed at what a difference it’s done for me and I’ve only been using this exercise for a few days.
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