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5 Neck Stretches That Reduce Soreness

  • Peter Ardito

    Head Pull

    While seated, turn your head slightly to the left and look down toward your left knee. With your left hand, gently pull your head in the same direction until you feel a stretch in the upper right trap (the muscle on the right side of the back of your neck). Hold stretch for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times on both sides.

  • Peter Ardito

    Side-Neck Stretch

    While seated, rest your right hand slightly behind your right shoulder. With your left hand, gently pull your head to the left until you feel a stretch near your right shoulder blade along the side of your neck. Hold 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times on both sides.

  • Peter Ardito

    A Stretch

    Start by lying facedown on a mat with your forehead resting on a folded towel so your neck is in neutral position, with your arms at your sides and palms down to form an "A." Turn your hands and thumbs toward the ceiling. Raise your arms as you squeeze your shoulder blades together. Return to starting position. Do 2 to 3 sets of 15 reps.

  • Peter Ardito

    T Stretch

    Start by lying facedown on a mat with your forehead resting on a folded towel so your neck is in neutral position. Extend your arms out to your sides to form a "T." Raise your arms as you squeeze your shoulder blades together. Return to starting position. Do 2 to 3 sets of 15 reps.

  • Peter Ardito

    Y Stretch

    Start by lying facedown on mat with your forehead resting on a folded towel so your neck is in neutral position. Extend your arms out in front of you with palms facing each other to form a "Y." Raise your arms up as you squeeze your shoulder blades together. Return to starting position. Do 2 to 3 sets of 15 reps.