February 2015: Upper Extremity Stretches

Top 3 Upper Extremity Stretches

This month we have our top three shoulder stretches: lats, pectoralis minor, and posterior capsule. We picked these three stretches because they target muscles that are often tight can cause underlying dysfunction of neck or shoulder.

#1 Lats Stretch

There are a few different positions that can be used to stretch the lats, some being felt more in the back of the shoulders or lower back.

#2 PEC MINOR

Pec Minor Release Stretch:

This muscle responds really well to the release pictured below. There will be some discomfort during the release, so don’t be discouraged when it does not give instant relief.

#3 SLEEPER STRETCH

the key to this stretch is to keep your head supported with a pillow to roll completely onto shoulder before starting downward stretch. It should be felt in the back of the shoulder.

GOOD LUCK! In March we will give the top 3 neck stretches!!