Many of the activities people do daily can lead to a tight chest. For instance, spending much of the day typing can put a lot of strain on your chest or upper trunk muscles and leave them feeling tight.
Most people experience occasional tightness in their chest muscles, but this can lead to more serious and painful posture issues if it isn’t addressed. Virtual physiotherapy is one option that can help you address tight and aching chest muscles.
Three ways virtual physiotherapy can address you tight chest muscles
Virtual physiotherapy is synonymous with virtual physical therapy or tele PT. This service allows you to meet with a physical therapist over a secure online video connection. Though they aren’t in the room with you, there are still many steps a virtual physiotherapist can take to help you with tight chest muscles. Some of these steps include:
1. Evaluating the source of your chest tightness — You may not know what is causing your upper trunk to feel tight, which makes it difficult to treat. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate and treat musculoskeletal disorders that involve muscles, ligaments and more. They can use this training to evaluate your posture and movements. You’ll probably also be asked some questions about your symptoms and daily activities. Your physical therapist can then bring everything together and diagnose the specific issue you have.
2. Demonstrating chest stretches — A virtual physical therapy session can also help you learn therapeutic exercises designed to stretch your upper trunk muscles. For instance, your physical therapist may demonstrate several pectoral stretches for you. They may show you exercises that target your shoulders, neck, core or back, too. Why? Tightness or weakness in these other areas of your torso can put more strain on your chest muscles.
3. Advising you on postural adjustments — Poor posture is a major source of chest tightness. That’s why physiotherapists will often recommend making some changes to improve your posture. Some suggestions your physical therapist may make include:
● Adjusting or replacing your office chair.
● Taking more breaks from working or doing other activities on your laptop, smartphone or tablet.
● Investing in a tablet stand.
Find effective virtual chest physiotherapy at Agile Virtual PT
Ready to try virtual physiotherapy for your tight chest? Our Agile Virtual Physical Therapy specialists are primed to help you. Our clinicians are fully trained and certified, and they’re available to help you in 43 U.S. states. They can even do a free virtual screening on you, which can help you learn if virtual physical therapy is right for you.
Contact our team today for more information about all the services we offer or to schedule an initial appointment with us.