STRETCH OF THE WEEK:
Reverse Shoulder Stretch
When we sit hunched over a desk or tablet all day our anterior deltoids shorten (and get tight) along with our pectoral muscles. This is generally the cause of most adults poor posture and it’s associated pain. The reverse shoulder #stretch (an anterior deltoid and pectoral stretch) is excellent for relieving neck, shoulder, and upper back pain caused by this poor posture and rounded shoulders. This is also staple for all athletes, involved in sports or activities with a high usage of their shoulder cuff. Examples include baseball, tennis, and volleyball players, along with rock climbers and powerlifters. In addition, this is amazing for postnatal moms 🤰🏻👶🏻🙌🏻 especially when breastfeeding due to hunching your shoulders over while feeding your pride and joy. Take time to take care of yourselves too moms! 👍🏻💯
How To Do It!
- Stand upright and grasp your hands and fingers together behind you facing your palms away from you.
- Now, without leaning forward, slowly lift your hands up behind you until you feel a stretch across the front of your shoulders and chest.
- Allow your shoulders to pull back and your chest to lift up toward the ceiling to give an even deeper stretch.
- Hold here for 10 seconds, relax, and repeat 3 times, getting a deeper stretch each time.