How to Do
How to Do Seated Upper Trap Stretch (Active Isolated)
Each seated upper trap stretch active isolated should begin with good posture to avoid injury. Brace the spine by drawing your lower abdomen inward. Your core muscles should be activated to support your posture as you perform the exercise.
If any pain or discomfort is experienced, discontinue this seated upper trap stretch active isolated.
Beginning Upper Trap Stretch
Bend your knees at a right angle and sit up tall on a stability ball or bench. Suck in the tummy in an attempt to make the navel touch the spine.
Upper Trap Stretch Movement
1. Tuck in the chin to the chest and slowly bend the head over toward the left shoulder as far as comfortably possible.
2. Reach the left hand over the head and place it against your right temple. Apply light pressure.
3. As soon as the tension lessens significantly, roll the right shoulder back and pull that shoulder downward to increase the stretch.
4. Hold this stretch for 1-2 seconds and release. Repeat 5-10 times before switching to the other side.
Upper Trap Stretch Benefits
This flexibility exercise may be performed by healthy exercisers who have adequate flexibility in the neck muscles.