Shoulder Backbend Stretch

Shoulder Backbend Stretch


This exercise involves stretching the shoulders and upper back by arching the spine backwards while standing or lying down. It can help improve posture and relieve tension in the upper body.

Equipment Required

Shoulder Backbend Stretch Instructions

  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides.
  2. Roll your shoulders back and down, squeezing your shoulder blades together.
  3. Interlace your fingers behind your back, with your palms facing inward.
  4. Slowly lift your arms up and away from your body, keeping your shoulders relaxed and your chest open.
  5. Hold the stretch for 10-15 seconds, breathing deeply.
  6. Release your hands and slowly lower your arms back down to your sides.

Shoulder Backbend Stretch Form & Visual

Shoulder Backbend Stretch

Shoulder Backbend Stretch Benefits

  • Improves posture by opening up the chest and shoulders
  • Relieves tension and pain in the upper back and neck
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion in the shoulders
  • Stimulates the respiratory system and improves breathing
  • Can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and stress

Shoulder Backbend Stretch Muscles Worked

  • Trapezius
  • Rhomboids
  • Deltoids
  • Pectoralis Major
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Erector Spinae

Shoulder Backbend Stretch Variations & Alternatives

  • Shoulder Extension Stretch
  • Shoulder Flexion Stretch
  • Shoulder Rotation Stretch
  • Shoulder Blade Squeeze
  • Shoulder Circles
  • Wall Angels
  • Thread the Needle Pose
  • Cow Face Pose
  • Eagle Arms Pose
  • Reverse Prayer Pose