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Chest Openers: Techniques and Benefits!

Chest openers are an easy exercise you can incorporate into your daily routine. Improve posture, increase flexibility, and enhance your overall well-being.

Chest Openers: The perfect upper back stretch

Chest openers not only stretches the front of the body, including the heart and lung area, but also trains the auxiliary breathing muscles. This can have a huge impact on your overall well-being. By improving oxygen intake, these chest opening exercises invigorate the body, stimulate cell metabolism, and enhance concentration.

Stress often leads to shallow and restless breathing. However, through the practice of chest opening exercises, we can reestablish deeper and more meaningful breaths. This allows us to experience a better quality of breath and reap the benefits of a calm and centered mind.

Chest opening exercises are particularly beneficial for individuals who spend extended periods of time in forward bent postures. These exercises provide the perfect balance by counteracting the effects of prolonged hunching and promoting a more upright and open posture.

Embrace the power of chest openers.

Give these a go when you are feeling a little hunched, or been spending too much time on your computer, or if you are experiencing tech neck. 

Chest openers on a foam roller

Steps for performing chest openers

Lay down, and place your foam roller vertically down your back, and ensure that your head is also supported.

Your arms should be straight up in front of you.

Drop arms out in line with your shoulders, to feel a stretch through the chest and pecs then bring them back to the centre.

Repeat.

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chest openers

Chest openers without a foam roller 

If you don’t have a foam roller at home, not a problem! Grab a towel.

chest openers with a towel

Can I use a towel instead? Yep, no problem!

    Instead of a foam roller, roll up a towel, lay it down.

    This time gently lay yourself down with the towel down your spine.

    Your head will not be on the towel, so this time it is not supported.

    Your arms should be straight up in front of you.

    Drop arms out in line with your shoulders, to feel a stretch through the chest and pecs then bring them back to the centre.

    Repeat.

     

     

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    chest opener
    chest opener

    Remember, it’s important to listen to your body and avoid any excessive pain or discomfort. If you experience sharp or prolonged pain, consult with a healthcare professional before continuing.

    Consistency is key. Make these stretches a regular part of your daily exercise to reap the maximum benefits.
    Keep stretching, keep running, and keep thriving!

    Here at Physio and Fitness Clinic, we can assist you with your sports injuries, and build core strength. Make an appointment with a physio today for physiotherapy and physio run pilates.