Latissimus Dorsi

Sideways Lying Floor Release

Your latissimus dorsi is a large triangular muscle that encompasses the lumbar region and half of the thoracic region of the back. If you have pain in your mid-back or shoulder blade area, chances are that it could stem from tight lats. Tight lats can also lead to stomach and lower back pain, and even pain down the arms and into the fingers.

  1. Place the ball on the floor.
  2. Sit next to the ball and then lower yourself down so that you are lying sideways on it, with the ball resting below the armpit, over the ribs.
  3. Take small circular movements, pausing when you find a tight spot.
  4. Repeat on the other side.

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