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Reach Up Stretch

Back Stretching Exercises Video Series

The reach up stretch is great for the upper back. It is the fifth video in the back stretching exercises series.

The upper back region is also known as the thoratic spine region.

There are several different muscles that make up this region.

The largest of these is the Trapezius, better known as the "traps".

The trapezius is a flat, triangular shaped muscle. It covers the thorax, shoulders and back of the neck.

Other smaller muscles of the upper back include the Infraspinatus muscle, the Teres major and minor muscles and the scapula (shoulder blades).

The Deltoid muscles are your shoulder which are attached to the shoulder blades.

So when stretching your upper back, you will often also be stretching the Deltoids.

Exercise #5 - Reach Up Stretch

Be sure to wear comfortable loose fitting clothing when doing any stretching exercises.
  1. Stand straight with legs slightly apart.
  2. Stretch your arms out in front and cross your hands at the wrists.
  3. Bring your arms straight up and reach out above you.
  4. Push back as far as you can and reach up as high as you can and stretch. Be sure to keep your head up.
  5. Hold this for 20 seconds or so. 

Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move correctly. any additional notes here.


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