With the amount of time we spend sitting at a � desk, it's no surprise that two of the most commonly tight muscles in our neck are the levator scapulae and upper trapezius. However, despite the seemingly close anatomical similarities between these two muscles, there are distinct ways in which we can isolate stretching them.
Additionally demonstrated here is how to stretch the Scalenes.
To Stretch the Upper Trapezius- Listen to your opposite arm pit: Contralateral Side bend, Ipsilateral Rotation, Flexion (Add the Chin Tuck) of the cervical spine
Levator Scapulae- Smell your opposite arm pit: Contralateral Side bend, Contralateral Rotation, Flexion (Add the Chin Tuck) of the cervical spine.
Scalanes-There are 3 components to the Scalenes (Anterior, Middle, and Posterior): To stretch these perform a contralateral side bend of the cervical spine.
Note: Sitting on your ipsilateral hand will keep the shoulder girdle depressed on the side you want to stretch to maximally stretch these muscles, try it out!
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