Just about everyone who is “Walking Upright” will experience strain or fatigue in the neck and shoulder region. If you float in the ocean most of your day, then probably not so much, but for the rest of us animals we must develop remedies for this chronic tendency. Sitting, standing, driving, slouching, computers, looking cool…your body was just not evolved to perform these tasks repeatedly.
I call it “Walking Upright Syndrome”.
Try to incorporate this single stretch into your day,
2 – 3 times a day for 20 – 30 seconds and see what a difference it can make:
The Swan Dive Stretch
Stand in a door frame; place your hands on both sides of the door frame approximately in line with your shoulders. Gently step through the doorway, allowing your shoulders to relax back. Your shoulder blades should slightly collapse together. This is not a plank or push up; instead you are stepping one step through the doorway. Experiment with your hand placement. Higher up on the doorframe or even above your head will stretch different fibers of the pectoral muscle group on your chest which you are stretching here. You are trying to lengthen the pectorals that get shortened from chronic postural habits and activity. You want to take the workload off of the shoulder and neck muscles that are not designed do all the work that we are demanding of them.
*Secret key to success with stretches*
Extend the stretch until just before it would be uncomfortable, and hold it for 20 – 30 seconds.
FIGHT GRAVITY IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD – STRRRETCH!
*Note of Caution: This exercise is meant to be gentle, preventive care and not to replace assessment and / or treatment of a condition by a doctor. If you are experiencing numbness, tingling, or limits in your range of motion, dizziness, headache, nausea, or generally any new symptom prior to this stretch, consult a doctor before performing this stretch.