Open Arm Chest and Shoulder Stretch

Are you enjoying summer? Riding bike, gardening or any other activities? Listen in for a simple stretch to help you feel better and avoid trouble.

Hi this is Dana Ranahan from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy in North Vancouver and I'm here today to show you a simple little exercise to help on opening some of the tightness in the chest.

So a lot of us are doing gardening or riding your bike or doing lots of activities using our arms in the summer. And it's a nice thing to open it up at the end of the day so you don't get into trouble with pain or tightness.

This is a BackMitra. It's a little foam piece of material that you can lay on. You can use something similar to this at home or roll up a towel, similar kind of size. We're going to lay this down on the ground and lie on top of it. So it's going to come along my spine and basically run along the length of the spine so it's underneath my head and down to the middle of my back.

And the big thing here is when you lay on it you don't want to allow your chest to pop up but allow your spine to kind of melt into it. And then you could do some gentle opening across the front. So work on stretching through your chest.

So if you lay here for a couple of minutes with a few deep breathes it will really help to open up and lengthen through here and hopefully help you feel a little better for your day to day. If you have any other questions check out our website at www.body-works.ca.