ders can be very problematic issues and can intrude into our daily lives a significant amount. The main culprit of neck and shoulder tension is usually poor posture, stress or lack of activity. With regular stretching, however, you can alleviate a lot of the pain and stress you usually receive as well as possibly receiving permanent relief.

Below are 5 best stretching exercises that you can do to help with your neck and shoulder troubles. However, it must be noted that the stretches will not be very effective unless done consistently.

Seated Mountain Pose

Lengthens the shoulders, upper back and lats

Seated Mountain Pose
5 best stretching exercises to relieve neck and shoulder tension Seated Mountain Pose

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  1. Sit upright with open chest and relaxed shoulders
  2. Interlace your fingers and raise them above your head, palms facing upward
  3. Continue pressing your palms to the sky to lengthen the shoulders and upper back
  4. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds or more, focus on deep, slow breaths
  5. Exhale as you lean to the right side, inhale as you return to the center
  6. Repeat for as many times as you can

Neck Roll

Releases tension around your neck

Neck Roll
5 best stretching exercises to relieve neck and shoulder tension Neck Roll

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  1. Roll a tower or use a pillow and place it at the base of your head as you lie down
  2. Let your head fall back toward the floor and try to relax
  3. Stay in this position for 10 minutes

Shoulders Roll

Releases tension around the shoulders

Shoulder Roll
5 best stretching exercises to relieve neck and shoulder tension Shoulder Roll

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  1. Begin in a sitting or standing position, keep your back and neck straight
  2. Lift the shoulders up and then roll them back and down
  3. Keep all movements smooth, keep the chin tucked
  4. Repeat for as long as you like

Open Chest Stretch

Stretches the front of your neck and the muscles between shoulder blades

Open Chest Stretch
5 best stretching exercises to relieve neck and shoulder tension Open Chest Stretch

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  1. Sit cross-legged and/or upright
  2. Place your hands behind your head at the base of your skull
  3. Tip your head back, using your hands for support
  4. Bend your back slightly
  5. Stay in this position for a few minutes

Eagle-Arms Pose

Stretches the back of the shoulders and the neck

Eagle-Arm Pose
5 best stretching exercises to relieve neck and shoulder tension Eagle-Arm Pose

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  1. While sitting or standing, reach your arms out to each side then cross them in front of you, left elbow over the right elbow
  2. Bend your arms so that your hands point toward the sky
  3. Wrap your wrists so that your palms meet, or place each hand on the opposite shoulder instead
  4. Lift your elbows so your upper arms are parallel with the floor to target the back of the shoulders
  5. At the same time, tuck your chin toward your chest to target the back of your neck
  6. Hold the position for 30 seconds then repeat on the other side
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