Shoulder Adductor Protractor and Elevator Stretch
Shoulder, Back, and Chest Stretches:
Stand upright with the feet shoulder-width apart. Bring the left arm across the front of the body, with the left hand near the right hip. With the right hand, grab hold of the left elbow. With the right hand, try to pull the left elbow down and around the right side of the body.
Affected Body Part:Most-stretched muscles
: Left posterior deltoid, left latissimus dorsi, left triceps brachii, left lower middle trapezius. Lesser-stretched muscles
: Left teres major, left teres minor, left supraspinatus, left levator scapulae, left rhomboids.
To maximize the stretch, do not raise the shoulder or bend at the waist. If it is not possible to bring the hand toward the hip, try to come as close as possible. As long as the arm is below the shoulders, the stretch will be effective for the stated muscles.