Why is the upper trapezius stretch included under neck exercises? Quite simple - to keep the neck flexible and injury free it's necessary to maintain the flexibility not just of the neck muscles, but also those in the area that directly affect the neck.
The upper trapezius stretch is thus a crucial one. This muscle is the triangular one that emerges form the top of the shoulder to connect your shoulder to your head.
This muscle is typically highly developed in athletes, and can cause a lot of pain if it is tight.
- This exercise can be performed sitting or standing comfortably.
- Take your right arm behind your back.
- Gently grasp the right side of your head with your left hand.
- Use your left hand to gently tilt your head toward the left.
- You should feel a gentle pull on your right side, from the side of the neck down to the shoulder.
- Hold for this position for 10 to 20 seconds.
- Relax and repeat three times for each side.