Pectoral Stretch

Written by Tele Demetrious, Physiotherapist, BPhysio(Hons)
Reviewed by Brett Harrop, APA Sports Physiotherapist, BPhysio(Hons), MPhysio(Sports Physio)

Exercises > Flexibility (Muscles) > Pectoral Stretch

(Main muscles Involved: Pectoralis Major, Pectoralis Minor, Subscapularis, Serraturs Anterior, Anterior Deltoid)

The pectoral stretch is designed to improve the flexibility of the pectoral muscles (figure 1). You should discuss the suitability of this exercise with your physiotherapist prior to commencing it.

To begin with, the stretch should be held for 15 seconds and repeated 4 times at a mild to moderate stretch pain free. Generally the stretch should be performed 3 times daily. As your flexibility improves, the exercise can be progressed by increasing the frequency, duration and intensity of the stretch provided it is pain free.

The Pectoral Muscles

Figure 1 – The Pectoral Muscles

Pectoral Stretch

Pec Stretch

Begin standing tall with your forearm against a wall and your elbow bent to 90 degrees as demonstrated (figure 2). Gently turn your body away from the wall until you feel a mild to moderate stretch across your chest. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 4 times provided the exercise is pain free.

Pec Stretch

Figure 2 – Pec Stretch (right side)

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