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This exercise is best done with your fingers moderately turned out, rather than straight up and down.

  • Stand facing a wall, about 12 in. to 18 in. (30 cm to 45 cm) away.
  • Place your hands on the wall at shoulder height.
  • Slowly bend your elbows and bring your face to the wall, keeping your back and hips straight.
  • Push back to the starting position.
  • Repeat 8 to 12 times.
  • When you can do this exercise against a wall comfortably, you can try it against a counter. You can then slowly progress to the end of a couch, then to a sturdy chair, and finally to the floor.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerTimothy Bhattacharyya, MD

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

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