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Technique:

  • Kneel on all fours
  • Rotate your hands so that your fingers are pointing towards your knees and your forearms are facing forwards
  • Slowly move backwards

 

Primary muscles: Biceps brachii. Brachialis. Brachioradialis. Coracobrachialis.
Secondary muscles: Pronator teres. Flexor carpi radialis. Flexor carpi ulnaris. Palmaris longus.

 

Injury where stretch may be useful: Biceps tendon rupture. Bicepital tendonitis. Biceps strain. Elbow strain. Elbow dislocation. Elbow bursitis. Tennis elbow. Golfer’s elbow. Thrower’s elbow.

 

Note: Some people feel the stretch in their forearms and others in their upper arms; this depends on where you are most tight. Move your hands closer to your knees in order to stretch more easily.

 

 

 

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