The latissimus dorsi stretches are designed to improve flexibility in the latissimus dorsi muscle.
Relevant Anatomy: The Latissimus Dorsi muscle has a wide range of actions. It assists in arm rotation and it pulls the arm backward and inward from an outward position. It also pulls the body up in climbing. It plays a part in breathing as well, it aids in that last puff of expiration just when you think you’ve finished breathing out. It is also active when playing a wind instrument.
Starting wide and ending up by converging to a point it arises from a sheet of fascia known as an aponeurosis.This one is a broad sheet that arises along the vertebral column, from the spinous processes of the lower six thoracic vertebrae and from all of the lumbar vertebrae. It passes over the top of the illiac crest of the pelvis, or hip bone, and from there it passes over the tip of the scapula where fibers arise to join the main body of the muscle. All parts of this broad muscle converges to a small tendon that inserts on the humerus, its place of attachment being called the intertubercular groove. The tendon blends with the insertion fibers of the teres major just above it.
When translated from the Latin latissimus dorsi means “the widest back muscle.”
Following stretches are helpful in maintaining the flexibility of the Latissimus Dorsi Muscle :
Latissimus stretch standing
Latissimus stretch lying
Latissimus stretch kneeling