Thursday, March 28, 2013

Stretch of the Week (aka Tight Muscles, Be Gone!): Pectoralis Stretch

If you spend more than 2 hours of your day working on a computer, lifting, pushing, or carrying things around, here’s a stretch that will target a muscle you didn't even know was tight!

The Pectoralis muscle, which stretches across your chest, is more important to your daily activities than you’d realize. Not only does it allow you to move your shoulder in several directions, but it’s a big reason why your arm stays attached to your body. The next time you throw something, you can thank your pectoralis for keeping your arm from flying across the room!

When the Pec muscle is tight, it can cause tension or pain in your chest, shoulder, and upper back. It can also pull your shoulder forward, causing you to slouch and ruin your posture!

Rest your right forearm on a wall or doorpost, keeping your arm parallel to the floor. Make sure your body remains facing straight ahead while you take a step forward increase the stretch. Repeat on the left. (If you stretch one side, you always want to stretch the other!)

You can do this stretch any time throughout the day to relieve tension in your chest, shoulder, and upper back. You’ll be amazed at how much relief you’ll feel from this one simple stretch!

If you have any concerns about whether this stretch is safe for you, or if your shoulder or back tightness is starting to get in the way of your daily activities and happiness, pop by your Chiropractor to see how they can help get you back on track.

Happy Stretching!

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