4 Shoulder Stretches to Keep You Limber Forever

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Doorway Pectoralis Stretch

“The nice push-up muscles tend to get very tight because so many of the things we do — driving, computer work, phone use, and so forth — require us to bring our arms forward and together, causing pec tightness,” says Lindsey Christian, a physical therapist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center’s Performance Therapy in Santa Monica, California. To stretch your pecs, Christian suggests a doorway pectoralis stretch.

  • Stand in a doorway and place your right elbow and hand on a door frame with your elbow aligned at shoulder-height and bent at 90 degrees.
  • Step forward with your right leg and lean your body forward as you turn your chest slightly away from the wall.
  • When you feel a good stretch through your chest and the front of your shoulder, hold for 20 seconds.
  • Repeat six times before switching sides. 
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