Avoid applying excessive pressure distally at the level of the wrist as it may cause discomfort in the elbow region. Immediately following each stretch, I have the patient maintain the newly lengthened position for 10 seconds to retrain the posterior shoulder musculature, particularly the lower trapezius.
As part of a home program, I also have my patients assume anatomical position for 30 seconds periodically throughout the day to facilitate carryover. I specifically instruct them to stand with their feet shoulder width apart, gently tighten their abdominal wall, rotate their hands so the palms are facing forward, draw their shoulder blades down and back towards their back pants pockets, and gently retract the chin. I use this exercise as a postural “reset” anytime one finds themselves crossing their arms or assuming a hands on hips position.
I am confident that you will find this technique to be a “game changer” and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. I would also like to personally thank Mike for giving me the opportunity to share my clinical thoughts on his blog as well as Force Therapeutics for allowing me to share this video.
Thanks for sharing Chris, I like it! Yet another tool in our belt! Try this stretch out and leave some feedback, I want to hear what everyone else thinks.