Neck and Upper Back Pain?
If you work at a computer, work with your hands, maybe have a slightly rounded upper back from “not so great” posture, if you lift heavy things…you may feel like your upper back, (in between your shoulder blades) is tight, achey, painful.
Try this stretch:
- Stand against the outer corner of a room or in a doorway. Bend your right elbow at a 90-degree angle so your upper arm is parallel to the floor at shoulder height.
- Place your right forearm against the corner of the wall with your left side open to the room.
- Gently press into your right forearm as you lean your left side into the open space of the doorway or room to feel a stretch in your right pec. Hold 15 to 20 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Oftentimes, when we have upper back pain, the real issue is tight chest muscles, which are pulling our shoulders forward and overstretching our back muscles. If we open up our chests, our shoulders will hang more correctly in their sockets and then our back muscles can relax down and in to their designated spots.