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The following elbow stretches are designed to restore movement to the elbow and improve flexibility of muscles crossing the elbow. If you are injured, you should discuss the suitability of these exercises with your physiotherapist prior to beginning them. Generally, they should be performed 3 times daily provided they do not cause or increase pain.


Elbow Stretches Basic Exercises

Elbow Bend to Straighten 

Bend and straighten your elbow as far as you can go without pain and provided you feel no more than a mild to moderate stretch (figure 1). Repeat 10 - 20 times provided the exercise is pain free.

Elbow Stretches - Elbow Bend to Straighten

Figure 1 Elbow Bend to Straighten (left side)

Forearm Rotation 

Begin with your elbow at your side and bent to 90 degrees (figure 2). Turn your palm up and down as far as you can go without pain and provided you feel no more than a mild to moderate stretch. Repeat 10 - 20 times provided the exercise is pain free.

Elbow Stretches - Pronation Supination

Figure 2 Forearm rotation (right side)


Elbow Stretches Advanced Exercises

Elbow Extension

Place your elbow on the edge of a bench or table (figure 3). Straighten your elbow using your other hand as far as you can go without pain and provided you feel no more than a mild to moderate stretch. Repeat 10 - 20 times provided the exercise is pain free.

Elbow Extension Exercise

Figure 3 Elbow Extension (right side)

Elbow Flexion 

Place your elbow on a bench or table (figure 4) . Bend your elbow using your other hand as far as you can go without pain and provided you feel no more than a mild to moderate stretch. Repeat 10 - 20 times provided the exercise is pain free.

Elbow Flexion Exercise

 Figure 4 Elbow Flexion (right side)

Biceps Stretch

Begin with your back and neck straight and your arm supported behind you on a bench or table (figure 5). Gently lower your body, allowing your arm to move further behind you until you feel a mild to moderate stretch pain-free. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 4 times.

Biceps stretch

Figure 5 Biceps Stretch (left side)

Triceps Stretch

Begin standing tall with your back and neck straight. Place one hand behind your lower neck and your other hand on your elbow. Gently push your elbow backwards so your hand moves further down your spine until you feel a mild to moderate stretch pain-free (figure 6). Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 4 times.

Triceps Stretch

Figure 6 Triceps Stretch (right side)


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