Stretching the Neck and Shoulders – Levator Scapulae Muscle

levator scapulae muscle

The levator scapulae muscle


Ugh, stress. It’s ever present and happens to everyone every day. The worst part is that the older we get the more stress creeps into our body.

If you work in front of a computer you experience neck stiffness at some point during the day or it could be all day long. Let me share with you what I did yesterday because of a pain I’ve been experiencing for far too long.

The levator scapulae muscle. It’s connected to the scapulae which means  if you’re shoulders are closer to your ears than they should be it’s likely that this muscle is tight. Good news, there’s a super simple stretch that you can do sitting at your desk, in the dentist office or at your leisure.

Let’s Stretch

A note of caution, like all things muscle please do not over stretch or push yourself. It is more important to do a stretch properly than it is to do exactly what is shown in a picture or video. You might not be as flexible and that’s okay.

One more thing, take your time and remember to breath while stretching. It sounds silly but breath into the stretch, hold your breath for a count of 3-5 and then release your breath.

If you want to repeat the stretch often, go for it!

Please share this with someone you know who is struggling to find relief from headaches, tension in their jaw, tight shoulders.



So… How did it feel? Do you think you’ll incorporate this stretch into your daily routing?

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