BlueEyedGymGuy saidFor about a week now, I've got pain at the edge of my right pec (near the breastbone). Anyone know anything I can do to stretch it out? I swim 6 days a week and lift heavy M W F, so I know it's probably overuse.
You need to see someone in person. You complaint is too generalized to really give qualified feedback. You simply have not provided enough information.
There's history, that you didn't provide, in seeking an answer.
Questions that come to mind:
1. Was there an action that preceded it immediately?
2. If so, what was that action?
3. Is the condition chronic?
4. If so, how long have you had it?
5. What movement make it hurt?
6. What is your pain level?
7. Was there bruising?
8. Have you treated it in any way?
9. If you have, what treatment has been effective?
10. What's your perception of what the problem is?
11. Do you have a prior history of this sort of thing?
12. What's your exercise experience?
13. Any prior problems like this?
Stretching exercises, to address the non-ambiguous part of your question, are here:
And so on. When posting a question, it's usually a good idea to provide as much information as possible, to assist in any speculation.
You likely should talk to a pro about it.
Give the woeful lack of information, it could be:
1. A strain.
2. A sprain.
3. A tear of the pecs, or the biceps.
6. A congenital problem.
7. Several other things.
Well known courses of therapy for strains and sprains are RICE
(Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). NSAIDS.
If you have a tear, you need it looked at by a qualified medical professional. A tear is almost always indicated by some level of bruising, but, not always.
Pain is usually an indicator that something is wrong. I.e., your body telling you "don't do that." Stretching may NOT be indicated. Hard to tell from here. You can find stretching information on your own very easily.
You should probably take this up with someone in person where you can give them your detailed history.