Self-Pectoral Stretching Improves Posture!


The purpose of this study was to see if stretching of the pectoralis muscle has an affect on the scapular resting position in persons with rounded shoulder postures.

38 subjects with forward head/rounded shoulder postures participated in this study. They were randomly allocated either to a control group or a self-stretching group.

The self-pectoral stretching involved holding the stretch for 30 seconds, 3 repetitions on each side and performing it once/day for 14 days.

Result:Persons with moderate forward head / rounded shoulder posture had significant (p<0.0005) improvement in their resting scapular position after the two-week pectoralis stretching program.

Clinical Relevance: Some patients may benefit from a pectoral self-stretching home program to help improve their resting posture and their postural awareness.

Posted on: January 24, 2003

Categories: Thoracic Spine

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