There are many reasons why people develop shoulder impingement syndrome, but a major factor is poor posture. When individuals have poor posture, the shoulders tend to roll forward, the chest (pectoral) muscles get tight, and the Shoulder blade (scapular) muscles posteriorly become lengthened and weak. This stretch, using the foam roller is marvelous for stretching out the chest muscles!
- Sit on one end of the roller and then lay back. Your head should be resting on the roller and your knees should be bent with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder width apart to provide balance.
- Drop arms out to the side. Let gravity stretch the muscles of the chest and shoulders. Hold for 1 minute.
- Bend both elbows to 90 degrees, forearms parallel to the ground. Hold this stretch for 1 minute.
- Move arms up, so they are becoming level with your ears, and hands are above the head (horizontally, not vertically). Hold this stretch for 1 minute.
Check out this video for more information and visual instruction: