Pectoralis Major is located on the front of the chest and works to flex, adduct and internally rotate the shoulder. This muscle can become tight due to faulty posture, especially for those of us who spend a lot of time at a desk or computer.
When we slouch, the shoulders round forward and the Pectoralis muscles shorten. Over time, the muscle adapts to this shortened position and can cause a feeling of tension or pain as well as a limited range of motion in the shoulder.
Stretching the Pectoralis Major muscle is simple...all you need is a doorway and about 30-90 seconds of free time. Stretching Pectoralis Major will help relieve muscle tension, restore your range of motion and increase your oxygen intake by expanding your thoracic cavity. Take a break to stretch the Pectoralis muscle throughout the day, especially if you spend most of your day seated or in a slouched posture and notice how much more alert you will feel!
Stretch Pectoralis Major
Jocelyn M. Van Ryn is a Registered Massage Therapist in Peterborough, Ontario and has owned and operated Peterborough Massage Therapy Clinic since 2012.