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Flexible Friday – Shoulder Stretch For Headache Relief

By June 6, 2013June 10th, 20166 Comments

Best Stretches for Women

Standing with feet shoulder width apart. Bring left arm down behind your back, bent at the elbow, reaching as if you are trying to grab your ponytail.  Your right arm goes up and bending at the elbow to reach down behind your back to grasp your left hand. Get your hands as close as possible. If you can clasp your hands, pull together to feel more of a stretch. Switch arm positions and repeat.

*Use a towel or band to help bring hands closer* 

Best Shoulder Stretch I have ever done is this one with a band. If you can grab your hands behind your back, you don’t need a strap. We do this stretch in yoga every time and I love it. I still suffer from a whip lash from a wake boarding accident that happened in 2004. Often times I feel tension in my next that is usually relieved with this stretch.

What are your favourite shoulder stretches?

Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Susan says:

    Yes….. I feel the tension exiting as we stretch. 🙂 Great share. Thanks

  • diane says:

    Hi Flavia,
    I am have alot of trouble with my left trapezius muscle…. I tore my rotary cuff in march and the muscle contracted as a result. Its been like this for almost 3 months, I’m sick of pain killers that do nothing. Ive been paying for massage which only provides small relief. I also do stretches.

    I’ve got a TENS machine which helps dramatically. Unfortunately I can’t wear it all the time. Dr’s aren’t much help! What can I do to stop the trap muscle from contracting and pulling on my tendons and nerves? At times I’m in so much agony its hard to breath.

    I hope all is well with your baby. I cant wait to hear of his or her birth.
    (Im a mother of 5)
    Di xxx

    • Anna says:

      Hi Diane,
      That’s great you have a TENS unit!
      An ART or MAT specialist would more than likely be able to help you. 🙂
      All the best!
      Anna, CPT, FF Specialist

      • diane says:

        Sorry can you tell me what a ART or MAT is?
        The tens machine is the only thing that is giving me relief. Best thing I ever bought!

        • Anna says:

          Active Release Therapy and Muscle Activation Technique. You should be able to google ART or MAT therapist in your area to find one. 🙂
          All the best!
          Anna, CPT, FF Specialist

  • rebecca says:

    that really does have a fast effect that keeps growing until a wash of relief swooshes through the head like a wave. I enjoy it. 🙂

    thank you for sharing this tip.

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