Forearm Stretch

Upper Body Stretches

The next video in the upper body stretches is the forearm stretch.

The forearm is located in the lower region of the arm between the elbow joint and wrist.

There are many muscles in the forearm. These are broken down into two compartments; anterior and posterior.

The anterior, also known as the flexor compartment, are split into three muscle categories.

These are the superficial, intermediate and deep muscles.

The primary purpose of these are to allow flexion (or bending) at the wrists and fingers.

The posterior compartment muscles are commonly known as the extensor muscles.

This group is divided into two categories; deep and superficial.

The primary function of this group is to extend (or straighten) the wrist and fingers.

Stretch #3 - Forearm Stretch

There are two stretches on this exercise video so you are stretching both the extensors and flexors of this muscle group.

The step by steps below are for both these stretches.

Stretching the Flexors
  1. Sit up straight in a chair.
  2. Place your right hand out in front of you with the palm facing toward the ceiling and elbow bent.
  3. Grab your fingers with your left hand.
  4. Slowly straighten out the right arm while holding the fingers pulling on the hand until the palms are facing out and away from you.
  5. Hold this stretch for 20 - 30 seconds.
  6. Repeat for the other arm.
Stretching the Extensors
  1. Place your right arm down and on the side of you.
  2. Point your fingers towards the back of you and point the upwards creating a cup with your palm (as if you were holding a small ball).
  3. Hold this stretch for 20 - 30 seconds and repeat with the other arm.

Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move correctly. 

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