Head Tilt / Upper Trapezius Stretch (Flexibility)

Woman sitting in chair doing tension release neck exercise.

  1. Sit up straight in a chair with your head and neck in a neutral position, ears in line with shoulders. Hold the edge of your chair seat with your right hand. Tuck your chin in slightly.

  2. Tilt your head to the left, while looking straight ahead.

  3. Put your left hand on the right side of your head. Gently pull your head to the left. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Use gentle pressure to increase the stretch. Don’t force your head into position.

  4. Return your head and neck to the neutral position.

  5. Repeat this exercise 2 times, or as instructed.

  6. Switch sides and repeat 2 times, or as instructed.

Challenge yourself

Tuck one end of a towel under your left arm. Then bring the other end over your right shoulder. Pull the towel down on your right shoulder with both hands as you side-bend your head to the left. Repeat with the other side.