Foam Roller Stretch for Shoulders and Chest

Find a new use for your foam roller! Stretch out tight shoulder and chest muscles. Give it a try!

Hi there this is Dana Ranahan at Body Works Sports Physiotherapy in North Vancouver and I’m here today with my foam roller and I want to show you something new and fancy that you can use your foam roller for other than just rolling out tight muscles. Sometimes we use the roller where instead of rolling out with it, we can lay on top of it, so in this case, I’m going to put the roller from my buttock all the way down to my head and be sure to position it so your head is supported and your tailbone is supported. Now in this position you want to be sure that your spine is neutral and feet come close together to give your a nice neutral position of your pelvis. One of the nice things you can work here, is a nice opening stretch through your chest. So if you’re tight across here from working all day or from sports that you do, one of the things you can start with here is working with the stretch across the chest and then working on breathing, as you breath out letting your chest soften. That’ll help take the chest bone away from the shoulder and stretch the pecs a little bit more through your chest. Help open things up for your posture. Give it a try at home and let us know how you make out. Have a great day.