Shoulder Flexor Stretch
Shoulder, Back, and Chest Stretches:
Stand upright while facing a doorway or corner. Place feet shoulder-width apart with one foot slightly in front of the other. With straight arms, raise your arms to shoulder level and place the palms on the walls or doorframe with the thumbs on top. Lean the entire body forward.
Affected Body Part:Most-stretched muscles
: Pectoralis major, anterior deltoid, coracobrachialis, biceps brachii. Lesser-stretched muscles
: Infraspinatus, latissimus dorsi, subclavius, lower trapezius.
To get the maximum benefit during the stretch, keep the elbows locked and the spine straight. The greater the forward lean, the better the stretch. Forward lean is controlled by how far the lead foot is in front of the chest at the start position. Hence, place the foot forward only enough to maintain balance. It is possible to do the neck extensor stretch simultaneously with the shoulder flexor stretch. However, without having the hands pushing down on the head, the neck extensor stretch will be of a lower intensity than if it were done by itself.