Yesterday I told you how to strengthen your back for proper posture. This will give you the strength to hold your shoulders back. Today we are going to go over the stretches that you will need to do to help maintain that posture. You will need to stretch your chest (pectoral) muscles so you can get your shoulders back into proper posture. The more you slouch, the tighter your chest muscles get, the less your body will like being in proper posture. I give my patients a simple way to stretch their chest muscles.
Stand in a door way, put both hands on the door frame at shoulder height. With your head up and shoulders back, take a step through the door way until you feel a nice stretch in your chest. Hold this stretch for 30-60 seconds. Repeat with your hands above shoulder height and hold this for 30-60 seconds. Then repeat with your hands slightly below shoulder height and hold for 30-60 seconds. For more information, visit my website at www.hermenhealth.com, or make an appointment for an exam and consultation.