A few weeks ago I published my first “Key Stretch of Importance” and it was a big hit.
People loved the idea of having a few key stretches to include in their routine.
And below you’ll find my second Key Stretch of Importance: the Parallel Arm Chest Stretch.
What’s so great about this stretch? Well, with lots of people spending more and more time behind a computer or the steering wheel of a car your chest and shoulders can get pretty tight. When this happens your upper back can fatigue and lose its ability to stabilize your thoracic spine and neck, which can lead to kyphosis (or hunch back).
This stretch will help to open up your shoulders and chest, and take a lot of pressure off your upper back and neck. So if you experience any pain in your upper back, this stretch is just what you need.
How to perform this stretch: Stand with your arm extended to the rear and parallel to the ground. (Or for a variation, bend your elbow to 90 degrees.) Hold on to an immovable object (like a wall or pole) and then turn your shoulders and body away from your outstretched arm.
How long to hold this stretch: Hold this position for between 20 to 30 seconds while concentrating on breathing deeply and slowly. Carefully move out of the stretch position and then repeat on the other side. Repeat 2 to 3 times on each side.
If you’re looking for more great stretches check out the Ultimate Guide to Stretching & Flexibility.
Until next time, stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.
The Stretch Coach
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