The Supported Chest Stretch is an amazing stretch for many of us who need a stretch to warm up or cool down, it will open up your muscles in a way that many exercise or stretches will not.
Again we urge caution that if you are suffering from severe neurological, spinal or knee pain please visit or contact Therapyroom1 as some conditions we would advise you to contact us about before you do this exercise.
Equipment: Gym ball
- Kneel with your shoelaces flat on the floor.
- Rest the ball on the soles of your shoes (toes) behind you.
- Place your hands low on the ball for support, bend at the hips to touch your tail bone to the ball then gently lower your upper body over the ball.
- Take your hands from behind your back and interlock your fingers to support your head.
- Slowly and gently let your elbows open outwards and your head and shoulders lean back a little more.
- Hold the position for a minute. Replace your hands back onto the ball, behind your back, bring your chin to your chest and roll back off the ball to upright kneeling.
Advancement of Exercise
Instead of interlocking your fingers, place your hands at the side of each ear thus opening your chest up more for a greater chest stretch.
Note:// Although these exercises are designed to help you help yourself, we urge caution in all rehabilitation that you do not over do the exercises. If you do feel pain or are worried that you are not doing the exercise properly then call 01522 511834 and make an appointment and see one of our highly trained practitioners.