Chest stretches are important if you are having shoulder pain as tension in the pectorals – main chest muscles – can cause the shoulders to roll forwards, which can result in the look of a forward hunched posture.
The pectoral muscles or pecs as they are often referred to are the large muscles of the chest that we would associate with press-ups.
A simple way to stretch this muscle is with the use of a door frame – you place your elbow against the door frame so it is level with your shoulder and your body is straight (picture 1) you then take a step forward with the leg on the side you are stretching. As your body moves forward you should feel the stretch in the chest, if you feel the stretch more in your arm then re-adjust your position to make sure you are not twisting in your body to compensate for the step forward.
Picture 2 shows how to stretch the smaller pectoral muscle – the pectoralis minor – which is underneath the larger one and at a slightly different angle, to allow for the angle change you want to lift your elbow slightly higher than your shoulder and then repeat the step forward as before to create the stretch.
If you feel the stretch in the muscles as soon as you place your elbow against the door frame you don’t need to take the step forward, the stretch should be comfortable and not to the point of pain, as the muscle loosens you will be able to stretch further.
Happy Stretching – if you would like to visit the clinic and find out how Chiropractic can help you then you can book a free 15 minute consultation by calling 01442 800400 or emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hazel Dillon is a Chiropractor at Naturality Wellness Centre