Basic Anatomy of Stretching Series

Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Hip Flexors

Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Hip Flexors Follow The Movement Fix on instagram @themovementfix Need more hip and low back mobility? Start with Day 1 of our Hip/Low Back Mobility Program for free: Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Hip Flexors | Ep. 106 |...

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Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Quads

Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Quads Follow The Movement Fix on instagram @themovementfix Need more hip and low back mobility? Start with Day 1 of our Hip/Low Back Mobility Program for free: Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Quads | Ep. 104 | Movement Fix...

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Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Adductors

Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Adductors Follow The Movement Fix on instagram @themovementfix Need more hip and low back mobility? Start with Day 1 of our Hip/Low Back Mobility Program for free: Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Adductors | Ep. 103 |...

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Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Hamstrings

Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Hamstrings *Updated 4/27/18 Check out The Movement Fix on Instagram @themovementfix Overview There are four muscles that make up what we call the 'hamstrings', which are located on the backside of your thigh. The muscles...

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Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Pecs

Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Pecs *Updated 4/19/18 Check out The Movement Fix on Instagram @themovementfix Overview You have two different muscles that are considered your 'pecs': pectoralis major and pectoralis minor. Together they can be called...

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Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Calves

Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Calves *Updated 6/10/18 Check out The Movement Fix on Instagram @themovementfix Introduction It's important to know the basic anatomy around joints you are trying to mobilize because it may make you set up a stretch a...

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Basic Anatomy of Stretching the Lats

Understanding the basic anatomy of the lats is important to know how to effectively stretch the muscle without irritating the joint by over-stressing it.

The biggest thing you want to make sure you are doing when you are stretching the lats is....stretching the lats. However obvious this may seem, frequently when people try to stretch the lats, they feel tightness on the top of their shoulder, which is an indication the lats aren't being stretched, the shoulder joint is getting to its end range of motion (meaning the bones of the shoulder are the limiting factor).

The lats literally attach your low back to your arms. The name 'latissimus dorsi', which is the technical name for the lats, literally means broadest muscle of the back.

It begins all the way down in your lower back and attaches onto your arm bone (humerus) to create shoulder joint internal rotation and extension.

Since the lats attach into your lower back, your low back positioning will affect the stretch you have on your lats. You can use these anatomical attachments to more effectively stretch the lats.

 

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