Take a proactive approach to keeping this hub of trigger points and degeneration more supple, spacious and resilient to injury. Your first step is to rule out anything serious by asking your healthcare provider for a diagnosis. You may even receive a comprehensive treatment plan, of which regular stretching is sure to be included. There are plenty of stretches for your shoulders and spine, so it is less about what you do and more about actually doing it. Here are three upper body stretches that take only three minutes of your busy day. They maximize the use of gravity, take very little time and can be done pretty much anywhere. Relax into each position but be careful not to overstretch. Breathe freely and naturally. Enjoy.
1. Chair hang
2. Melting heart
Slowly make your way back to standing. Take note of how much better your upper spine and shoulders feel, and look forward to your next 3-minute stretch later today or tomorrow.