Triceps Stretch

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

Exercises > Flexibility (Muscles) > Triceps Stretch

(Main muscles Involved: Triceps Brachii, Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major)

The following triceps stretch is designed to improve the flexibility of the triceps muscle (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 Triceps Muscle

Figure 1 – The Triceps Muscle

Triceps Stretch

Triceps Stretch

Begin standing tall with your back and neck straight. Place one hand behind your lower neck and your other hand on your elbow. Gently push your elbow backwards so your hand moves further down your spine until you feel a mild to moderate stretch (figure 2). Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 4 times provided the exercise is pain free.

Triceps Stretch

Figure 2 – Triceps Stretch (right side)

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