SPOTLIGHT: Postural Stretching

Poor posture can be the root cause for many upper extremity pain problems. Treating postural imbalance is often necessary for resolving these issues.

Diagnoses such as tendonitis/tendinosis, proximal and distal nerve compression, functional shoulder impingement, or circulation problems, for example, may be helped by postural stretching.

Studies show that good posture is beneficial for the overall improvement of any upper extremity injury. Upper quarter mobility, stretching, and aerobic exercises are valuable for stimulating lymphatic flow and promoting circulation to all upper extremity structures.

Some examples of exercises for posture and muscle imbalance we include, but are not limited to:

  • Sahrmann Exercise—Wall Glides and Slides

  • ‘D’ Exercise—Shoulder Shrugs

  • ‘I’, “T”, &’Y’ Exercises

  • Foam Roller Stretches

  • Scalene Stretch

  • Pec-Clock Stretch

  • Seated Pectoral Stretch

  • Bilateral Shoulder Stretch

EXERCISES FOR POSTURE AND MUSCLE IMBALANCE

SAHRMANN WALL GLIDES

SAHRMANN WALL GLIDES

SCALENE STRETCH

SCALENE STRETCH

BILATERAL SHOULDER STRETCH

BILATERAL SHOULDER STRETCH

AND SLIDES

AND SLIDES

PEC CLOCK STRETCH

PEC CLOCK STRETCH

SEATED PECTORAL STRETCH

SEATED PECTORAL STRETCH

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