Standing Scapular Pinch

By Wheeler, Brooke,Yang, Sue 
June 19, 2017

Standing Scapular Pinch

Man from back with elbows bent, doing shoulderblade squeeze exercise.

  1. Stand up straight. Raise each arm up to the side, bent at 90-degree angles with palms forward.

  2. Squeeze your shoulders back, pushing your shoulder blades toward each other. Hold for 5 seconds.

  3. Relax. Repeat 5 times, or as instructed.


June 19, 2017


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Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT,Image reviewed by StayWell art team.,Joseph, Thomas N, MD