The lat muscle can become overused and tight with excessive pulling, lifting or sports. Without proper maintenance, it may result in pain. Muscle rolling is an effective alternative to stretching. Video Demonstrated by Anthony Ton
We’re going to be talking about foam rolling,
especially with the lats here, the muscles on the side of the arm, straight down the torso there.
You can get tight lats with a lot of swimming, a lot of pull-ups, or any sort of activity or work that requires you to do lots
of pulling, essentially.
Now what you’re gonna need is a foam roller and a mat or the ground.
So we’re gonna pop that foam roller on the ground there.
You want this right under your armpit towards the back, not the front.
Then we’ll adjust on it, find a good spot,
roll up, roll down.
When you find a tender spot, you wanna hold it right there.
Now you’re gonna feel a bit of pressure and discomfort if you’re on a tender spot.
But that means that you’re just letting the muscle release.
Now hold it there and roll up and down and find another tender spot.
Now a way you can progress this is by lifting up your hip to give you that more pressure and push and release into that lat muscle.
Now you can roll all the way from the rib cage down here all the way up to the top of your armpit there.
If you do get any pain or symptoms of difficulty breathing, then stop straightaway and seek your health professional.
Thank you for watching.
BY: Alice Chiang
3. Self Stretch Exercise, Back Pain & Abdominal Strength, Foam roller