This is one of my all-time favorite stretches and it’s crucial for keeping my upper back loose, supple and pain free. It’s my eighth Key Stretch of Importance and it’s called: the Reaching Upper Back Stretch.
With the amount of swimming and cycling I do my upper back can get very stiff and tight, so this stretch helps to stop any upper back pain.
If you suffer with upper back pain, this stretch will help you stay loose and supple. And if you combine it with my second Key Stretch of Importance; the Parallel Arm Chest Stretch you’ve got 2 great stretches for relieving upper back aches and pains.
How to perform this stretch: Stand with your arms out in front and your hands crossed over. The slowly push your hands forward as far as possible and let your head fall forward.
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 2 to 3 times.
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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