To view video demonstrations of the below exercises please click shoulder control in supine exercises.
Lie on your back, resting your arm at your side (Fig A).
Bend your elbow to 90 degrees so that your forearm rests on your stomach (Fig B).
Slowly raise the arm vertically until your shoulder is at 90 degrees to your body, and your elbow is pointing to the ceiling. You may use your other arm to aid this movement (Figs C and D and E).
Slowly straighten your elbow so that your fingers are pointing towards the ceiling. Ensure that you maintain your shoulder at 90 degrees (Fig F).
Bend your elbow and return to the start position, using the unaffected arm for support if required (Figs E, D, C and B).
To progress this exercise, keep your wrist and elbow straight and slowly draw a small circle in the air.
To progress this further, hold a small bottle of water in your hand and repeat the exercise (Fig G).
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