Upper Body Stretches

This series of stretches are useful for workers who complete assembly tasks and do a lot of reaching.



  • Interlace your fingers out in front of you at shoulder height. 
  • Turn your palms outward as you reach forward. 
  • Hold for 5-10 seconds. 
  • Relax and repeat.


  • Interlace your fingers out above, over your head. 
  • Turn your palms outward as you reach. 
  • Hold for 5-10 seconds.
  • Relax and repeat.


  • With arms overhead, hold the elbow of one arm with the hand of the other arm.
  • Gently pull the elbow behind your head, creating a stretch.
  • Move slowly.
  • Hold for 5-10 second then repeat with other arm.


  • Gently pull your elbow across your chest toward your opposite shoulder. 
  • Hold stretch for 5-10 seconds.  
  • Relax and repeat with other arm.


  • Clasp your hands behind your back. 
  • Slowly turn your elbows inward and straighten arms. 
  • Lift your arms up behind you until you feel a stretch. 
  • Hold for 5-10 seconds.


  • Sit in chair.
  • Wrap feet around chair legs to stabilize your body.
  • Reach across body and grab the back of the chair. 
  • Pull gently to increase the stretch in the middle of your back. 
  • Hold 5-10 seconds, repeat reaching to opposite side.