Upper Body Stretches

By: Kelvin Yeung MPT, BSc.Kin

As mentioned in our previous blog, there are many benefits to stretching. I'm a big fan of stretching. You can stretch during a break at work, watching TV, or before you go to bed. In today's post, I'll be showing you my top 3 upper body stretches.

Before starting, some tips when stretching **:

  • Remember to breathe while stretching.
  • Stretch until you feel tension but no pain.
  • Try to hold a stretch for 30 seconds
  • Repeat stretches 2-3 times throughout the day.

Happy stretching! 

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NECK STRETCH- Upper Trapezius

  • Tuck your chin into your chest.
  • Drop your left ear to your left shoulder. Use your left hand to gently pull your head to the side.
  • Hold stretch for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

 

 



 



UPPER BACK STRETCH

  • Clasp your hands straight in front of you at shoulder height.
  • Pull your hands away from your body, and hold this stretch. Don't let your body move.
  • Drop your head gently forward to feel a stronger stretch.


 

 

 

CHEST STRETCH

  • Stand between a doorway and place one foot in front of the other.
  • Place your hands on either side of the doorway at about shoulder height.
  • Lean forward into the doorway and hold this stretch.
  • You can use the corner of a wall as well.




** Please note, the stretches outlined in this post are provided as a guide. Please seek guidance from your physiotherapist before starting new exercises. If you are interested in beginning a personalized stretching program, please speak with one of the therapists at our clinic.