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Side and Base of Neck - Levator Scapula

So, what we are going to do is show you how to stretch each side out. If you want to stretch out the right side of your neck turn your head about forty-five degrees to the left. Then drop your head and look down into your armpit and just let your head relax. Then with your left hand, grab the right back corner and let the weight of your arm gently increase the stretch. Follow the same procedure on the opposite side to stretch the Left side.

This stretch addresses the Levator Scapula muscle that originates at the upper part of the neck on the side and attaches at the upper corner of the shoulderblade. When this muscle contracts it raises the shoulderblade and hence the shoulder and the arm. This muscle can tighten with repeatedly lifting heavy weights and also when the shoulders are kept in a raised position. So remember to ensure that your shoulders are relaxed and in a low position when relaxed and not in use.

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