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Diana Remaley, LMT
Diana@RemaleyMassage.com
(203)292-5362
19 Compo Road South
Westport, CT

A Simple Lat Stretch

This produces a lovely feeling of freedom of movement in the back, spine and ribcage

The Latissimus Dorsi (“Lat”) muscle is one of the largest in the body, covering a large part of the back. It's incredibly easy to stretch, but is often overlooked in our daily stretching routines. It's worth knowing where this muscle lays in the body; it can affect not only tension in the back, but rotation in the torso and even ribcage, affecting comfortable breathing. This stretch is fantastic after sitting for a long time, or first thing in the morning after waking. It should produce a lovely feeling of freedom of movement in the ribcage, back and spine.

Anatomy Lesson:

The Lat attaches from the upper arm, forms the back of the armpit, and drapes down the back, attaching to the spine just below the shoulderblades and stretching the length of the spine to the pelvis. This means it affects the ribs and spine, especially in the lower back.

 

 

 

 

The Stretch:

Since the Lat attaches from the arm to the back, we need to move the arm away from the line of the spine in order to stretch it.

Stand with arms out straight at your sides, spine very straight.

 

 

 

 

 

Raise one arm up straight, over your head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a deep breath, pull your abdominal muscles in, keep your pelvis straight, and reach that arm over your head, letting your spine bend as far as comfortable. Keep your feet firmly planted, and your legs locked comfortably. Hold for about 10 seconds and repeat on the other side.

 

 

 

This stretch is great for anyone who sits all day, or even for someone who drives for a large part of the day, as that uses the Lats as well. It's one of the most relaxing stretches you can perform! Add it in to your daily routine, and you'll feel amazing. If you notice any pain or restriction while stretching, hold for an extra second, or better yet, book a massage therapy appointment! I'm happy to help you work out the rest of the kinks. I'll see you at my Westport office!

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Diana Remaley, LMT
Diana@RemaleyMassage.com
(203)292-5362
19 Compo Road South
Westport, CT