Anterior Deltoid and Upper Pectoral Stretch
There are three aspects to the Pectoral muscles. There is common attachment to the arm on the lateral side of the biceps groove, the other insertions being the clavicle, upper part of the sternum and the lower parts of the sternum.
By placing the hand in a lower position, then rotating the body away, a good stretch may be felt in the front of the shoulder and around the clavicle or “collar bone”. We recommend stretches of around 30 seconds once or twice daily.As we do most tasks in front of us these muscles shorten throughout the working day.This in turn makes us more round shouldered. These stretches open up the chest and allow for much improved respiration.
Mid Pectoral stretch
As above hold this stretch for upwards of 30 seconds once or twice daily. The stretch concentrates mainly on the Middle part of the Pectoralis Major.
Lower Pectoral Stretch
This stretch will reach into the lower area of the Pectoralis muscle. As above hold this stretch for upwards of 30 seconds once or twice daily.
Posterior Deltoid Stretch
This stretch will reach into the rear part of the shoulder or deltoid muscle. When held for over 30 seconds and deep stretch into the Rhomboids between the shoulder blades may also be felt. As above hold this stretch for upwards of 30 seconds once or twice daily.
Contact the clinic for more advice on chest and shoulder stretches and treatment.