If you work at a desk, you’ll want to do this stretch.
This stretch pays particular attention to the levator scapulae muscle, upper fibers of the trapezius muscle, and cervical paraspinal muscles.
Pay special attention to your hand placement and where you are looking when doing this stretch.
1. First, place your right hand behind your back and rest it palm side out against your left lower back.
2. Next, turn your head as far as it’s comfortable to your left.
3. Now look down towards your left hip.
4. With your left hand, place it on the back of the head as close to your neck as possible and GENTLY provide an additional stretch.
This should feel good and NOT painful in anyway.
(as shown from the back)
Once you have been in this position for 30-45 seconds, slowly remove your hand and with your neck still flexed (eyes facing the floor), move your head so it is positioned directly in front of you (chin to chest position). Now lift your chin and give your shoulders a little shake. By going through this motion versus directly from the position it was held, you are sure to prevent your muscles from reacting in any way.
Repeat on the other side, and as often as you want.
Have a great day,
Dr. Crysta Serné
Vancouver Chiropractor and owner of Vitality Clinic