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The upper trapezius is a very common contributor to neck pain. Tightness through these muscles is particularly common in desk / office workers due to prolonged periods working at computers. Regular stretching may help to reduce tightness / muscle spasm.

How to Perform the Upper Trapezius Stretch

  • Start by sitting in a chair with your shoulders relaxed.
  • Tilt your head to one side (imagine that you’re bringing your ear towards your shoulder).
  • Use the arm of the side you’re tilting towards and place it on top of your head to gently pull your ear further towards your shoulder.
  • Hold this position for 20 – 30 seconds.
  • Repeat on the opposite side.
  • This is a sustained stretch; avoid bouncing movements or stretching into pain.