Who should do the Reach Behind Back Shoulder Stretch?

Anyone who

  • sits at a desk all day
  • texts or plays on a phone a lot
  • carries children
  • thinks they have bad posture

How to do the Reach Behind Back Shoulder Stretch

Reach one arm overhead and bend your elbow, attempting to place your hand against your spine. Bend the elbow of the other arm and reach toward your first hand, attempting to touch your fingers together. Don’t worry if they don’t reach! The stretch is still helpful.

Why do the Reach Behind Back Shoulder Stretch

It improves posture and range of motion in your shoulders


This is one of several stretches in our shoulder stretch video series for upper back, neck and shoulder stiffness and pain. You can find the entire series of exercises here: Shoulder Stretches for Injury Prevention