Sometimes you do something and don’t even realize what it means when you do it.
I’ve always been complimented by my athletes and patients about how I stretch their forearms. They tend to gravitate to me for a stretch. Perhaps it’s because I’ve worked with so many baseball players with stiff forearms, but apparently my technique feels more effective to people.
As with everything else, I do put a lot of thought into my technique to stretch the forearm. The issue I think I see with people is that they are solely focused on wrist flexion and extension, and miss the majority of the stretch this way.
I wanted to share a quick video demonstrating how I stretch stretch the forearm. Not rocket science, but paying attention to the little details will surely help you stretch the forearm more effectively.
These same concepts can be applied if you are performed a forearm stretch on yourself.
Keys to Effectively Stretching the Forearm
Essentially what it comes down to is assuring you:
- Lock out the elbow
- Bring the wrist into flexion or extension
- Also include pronation or supination
- Assure that you are including all the fingers
- Assure that the finger joints are not flexing, extend them too
Hope this helps you more effectively stretch the forearm! Let me know what you think and if you do something different.