Wall Press Exercise

The difficulty performing the wall press exercise contradicts its appearance, usually more so for men because men tend to be stiffer in the chest/shoulder region.

This exercise targets your upper middle back, rotator cuff muscles, abdominal muscles and lower back.

The key is to maintain position of your trunk and head during the exercise to facilitate muscle activation and joint protection.

If you’ve had an auto accident or rotator cuff injury, this may be an appropriate starter exercise.

Starting Position

Lean up against a wall with your feet about a foot away from the wall. Pull your shoulder blades back against the wall but do not arch your back. Next, pull your belly inward away from your pant line.

Next, bring your arms up with your elbows bent to 90 degrees but do not arch your back. As best you can, press your wrists and fingers flat against the wall (this activates your rotator cuff and upper back muscles).


While maintaining position, slide your arms up to a point the elbows reach ear level and then back down to where the hands reach ear level.

Repeat as directed by your physical therapist.

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We strongly recommend that you do not attempt to perform any of our exercises without formal training from our physical therapists so as to avoid potential injury. The exercises shown have specific purpose and yield benefits when performed in conjunction with a complete therapy program that is customized to each patient. The only way this can be initiated is through an initial evaluation.

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