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Release latissimus dorsi (lats)

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The lats are often tight and over active relative to the smaller shoulder muscles like the rotator cuff muscles.



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Step by step Exercise

  • Stand with your back to a wall and your palms facing forwards. Slowly slide your arms out and up towards your ears keeping them against the wall. If you struggle to get your arms up then your lats are probably tight!

  • Stretch them by taking your arm up and then bending to the side to feel the stretch under your armpit. Do not do this if it is painful over your shoulder.

  • Go and see a Physiotherapist or Osteopath who can use hands on techniques and acupuncture to release the muscle.

Back To Exercises

Please note that although the advice and exercises provided are designed to assist your recovery they are not a replacement for seeing a Physiotherapist or Osteopath. It is essential that you always make sure you see your Doctor, Osteopath or Chartered Physiotherapist beforehand to diagnose your injury and guide you through recovery.

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