Who should do this upper back stretch?

  • Anyone who feels like they slouch when they sit
  • People who sit many hours in a day at a desk
  • People with neck, shoulder or upper back pain

How to do this upper back stretch:

You will need an exercise ball or surface about as high as a chair or couch for this upper back stretch. Begin on your knees with your buttock sitting back on your heels.  Place your hands on the ball or couch and bend your torso toward your thighs. Reach your chest toward the ground. You should feel the stretch in one or more of these areas: across your chest, in your upper back and/or in your shoulders. To get a deeper stretch, raise your buttock in the air so that your hips are directly over your knees and repeat the stretching motion.

When should I stretch these muscles?

Hold the stretch for 30 seconds to 1 minute and repeat 3x. Do 3 sets daily.