It’s part of the modern condition– a tight and painful neck and shoulders due to hours hunched over one of countless devices. Although your best instinct is to stretch and rub those screaming traps, you wont get far without a deep and frequent stretch and release of your pectoral (or chest) muscles. When you sit all day with your shoulders rounded forward, the chest muscles become short and tight, while the upper back and shoulder muscles are stretched and strained. Your upper torso is in a tug of war!
Lengthen those pecs with a deep massage and you’ll relieve that aching back. Try out this stretch at home:
All stretches should be held for a minimum of 30 seconds. Repeat on both sides.
- Stand next to a wall, extending your arm along it.
- Rotate your body away.