University Recreation


Thoracic Extension

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The following information is to be used as a guideline only. If any of the exercises cause any pain or discomfort, stop the exercise immediately and consult your physician. We strongly encourage you to consult with a physician before participating in any physical activity.

Primary Muscles: Latissimus Dorsi
Secondary Muscles: Pectoralis Major
Body Area: Back
Modality Types: Body Weight Body Weight
Equipment: Foam Roller

Thoracic Extension Thoracic Extension

Proper Steps

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  • Read "Getting Started" before beginning any exercise
  • Put the foam roller under your upper back / thoracic spine. Keep your knees bent and feet flat on the ground.
  • Place your hands behind your head and pull your elbows as close together as they'll go.
  • Let your head fall to the floor and try to wrap yourself around the foam roller, extending the thoracic spine over the roller.
  • Roll, slowly up and down the vertebrae, pausing on any painful parts (do not roll the neck or lower back, focussing solely on the thoracic spine).


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