3 Ways to Stretch the Levator Scapula Neck Muscles

One of the best ways to stretch the levator scapula neck muscles is so simple it's almost silly, but it feels so good that you'll find yourself using this stretch multiple times throughout the day. Stand or sit with your spine tall and tailbone gently tucked under. Make sure that you keep your shoulders down and your neck straight, looking straight forward during the entire upper scapula stretch. Extend your arms directly in front so that they are parallel to the ground and intertwine your fingers. Rotate your wrists so that your palms are facing away from you and the push your hands out as you try to draw your arms closer together. You should immediately feel a refreshing stretch in the neck and upper shoulders. Hold for 3 to 5 deep breaths, repeating as often as you like to relieve stiff, sore neck and shoulders.

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A woman is getting her neck stretched. (Image: 4774344sean/iStock/Getty Images)

One of the best ways to stretch the levator scapula neck muscles is so simple it's almost silly, but it feels so good that you'll find yourself using this stretch multiple times throughout the day. Stand or sit with your spine tall and tailbone gently tucked under. Make sure that you keep your shoulders down and your neck straight, looking straight forward during the entire upper scapula stretch. Extend your arms directly in front so that they are parallel to the ground and intertwine your fingers. Rotate your wrists so that your palms are facing away from you and the push your hands out as you try to draw your arms closer together. You should immediately feel a refreshing stretch in the neck and upper shoulders. Hold for 3 to 5 deep breaths, repeating as often as you like to relieve stiff, sore neck and shoulders.

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