Levator Scapulae Stretch
The Levator Scapulae works in close cohesion with the upper fibres of the trapezius. This muscle can be placed under tension or stress when performing actions such as ‘cradling’ a phone handset on one shoulder. It is often overstretched and weakened due to poor posture and is commonly associated with neck and shoulder tension and pain for desk workers who suffer from the postural condition known as ‘rounded shoulders’.
Sitting or standing, rotate the neck and head away from the side you are intending to stretch and flex the neck and head downward. Using your opposite hand, grasp over the top of your head (with your fingers resting just above the base of your skull) and apply a mild force towards the direction you are rotating and flexing your head. To increase the stretch, bring your other arm behind your back by extending your shoulder and flexing your elbow.
- Transverse processes of C1 – C4.
- Medial border of the scapula upon the superior angle.
- Elevation of the scapula, extension and lateral flexion of the neck.