Don?t Stretch the Pecs?for some Impingement Syndromes!
?Rounded shoulders? may be a significant contributor to persistent rotator cuff impingement syndromes…but think twice before you teach a self-pec stretch!
In some patients with impingement syndromes, self-pec stretching could potentially be a terrible exercise…why?
The stretch is a great way to stretch the anterior gleno-humeral (GH) capsule…
therefore it?s a great way to promote anterior translation of the humeral head
…therefore it?s a great way to aggravate an impingement syndrome!
Clinical advice: If an impingement is related to an anteriorly translated humeral head (which is quite common), AVOID self-pec stretches!
Other mobilizations & postural correction techniques are reviewed in the APTEI Video/Book program, ?The shoulder Complex (Part I)?.
Posted on: January 24, 2003