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Trapezius stretching (Upper fibers)

Trapezius stretching is designed to stretch the upper fibres of the trapezius muscle.

Relevant anatomy:

This large, flat muscle, which looks like a pointed cape over the top half of the back, assists in moving the head backward.
Action: It helps in rotating the scapula as well as in drawing it toward the spine. The lower part of the muscle assists in drawing the scapula downward and in drawing the arm inward. 
Origin: It arises from the back of the skull along a part of the superior nuchal line on the occipital bone, from the spinous process of the 7th cervical vertebra, and from the spinous processes of all the thoracic vertebrae. 
Insertion: It drapes over the shoulder to insert on the clavicle and along the superior border of the spine of the scapula.

trapezius anatomy
Upper fibres of the trapezius anatomy

To perform the trapezius stretch :

Trapezius stretching
Trapezius stretching (Upper fibers)

  • Place arm behind back.
  • Grasp arm with other hand as shown.
  • Bend neck sideways as you pull your arm.
  • Repeat on other side.
  • Hold end position for 10-15 seconds
  • Repeat for 5-6 times