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Technique:

  • Stand upright with your feet shoulder width apart
  • Place your hands across your chest while keeping your back and shoulders upright.
  • Slowly rotate your shoulders to one side

 

Primary muscles: Semispinalis thoracis. Spinalis thoracis. Longissimus thoracis. Iliocostalis thoracis. Iliocostalis lumborum. Multifidus. Rotatores. Intertransversarii. Interspinales.
Secondary muscles: Quadratus lumborum. External and internal obliques.

 

Injury where stretch may be useful: Back muscle strain. Back ligament sprain. Abdominal muscle strain (obliques).

 

Note: To increase the intensity of this stretch use your hands to help you rotate sideways.

 

 

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