Ben working on neck and upper back strength and mobility

Ground Movement For Neck And Upper Back Strength & Mobility

I’m really enjoying this ground movement series so far. I hope you are too! Back to movement this week. This week I’m focusing on the neck and upper back strength and mobility. The workout is only a few minutes long so if you need more work just go through the sequence one or two times more.

The Workout

This workout uses flexion, extension, lateral movement, as well as rotation. Where the head goes the body follows. It’s absolutely critical that you have a healthy neck if you want healthy movement throughout the body. Unfortunately, most of us spend a lot of time with our heads fixed in a similar position for hours at a time.

This workout seeks to regain the mobility that has been lost due to disuse over time. Don’t force the workout. Take your time and work at it every day until mobility has been restored! I’d love to hear what you think of this one. In truth, this workout is for me too. Neck and upper back are one of my problem areas so I’ll be joining you with this workout on the regular.

Simple Neck and Shoulder Stretch

I’m going to share my go to stretch for my neck and shoulders. This one is a little awkward until you get used to it, but it really helps loosen up my neck, shoulders, and back. I even find that I have a little more space in my ribs after doing it.

If you have physical neck limitations, this stretch could be a little of a problem for you. Things like herniated discs or fused vertebra may make this out of reach.

How I’m Loosening My Neck

Over my 10 years of driving a truck for work, my neck, upper back, and shoulders have steadily gotten tighter and tighter. It’s become so tight in the past year that it even interferes with my breathing from time to time. I’ve put it off for too long. Let’s be honest… I’ve been lazy. It’s time to do something about it.Continue reading

stretch your neck

Stretch of the Week: Back of the Neck

We spend a lot of time hunched over things. All this hunching tends to shorten the muscles on the back of the neck. Here’s a really simple stretch that can help lengthen everything back out.

All you need is something overhead to rest your hand on, like a door frame. With nothing more than that and a few minutes of your time you can do a lot to help restore these muscles to their natural length..

Here’s the link to the referenced blog post: How’s Your Headset