Upper back stretches are important for the flexibility and range of motion of the upper back and neck muscles. Good upper back flexibility allows for the unrestricted and pain free movement of the head, neck, shoulders and the upper back.
Sports that benefit from the upper back stretches below include: Archery; Basketball and Netball; Boxing; Cycling; Golf; racquet sports like Tennis, Badminton and Squash; Rowing, Canoeing and Kayaking; Snow Skiing and Water Skiing; Swimming; Volleyball.
Upper Back Muscles being Stretched
During the following upper back stretch videos there are a number of muscles within the neck and upper back that are stretched. Below is a comprehensive list of the anatomical muscle names involved in the following upper back stretches.
Reach-up Back Stretch (1:00)
Stand with your arms crossed over and then raise them above your head. Reach up as far as you can. Let your head fall forward so that your arms can reach straight upwards without touching your head. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Reaching Upper Back Stretch (0:58)
Stand with your arms out in front and crossed over. Push your hands forward as far as possible and let your head fall forward. Concentrate on reaching forward with your hands and separating your shoulder blades. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Kneeling Reach Forward Back Stretch (1:03)
Kneel on the ground and reach forward with your hands. Let your head fall forward and push your buttocks towards your feet. Use your hands and fingers to walk your arms forward and extend this stretch, but don't lift your backside off your feet. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Get more Stretching Exercises here...
Looking at photos and watching videos on your computer is fine, but to really take advantage of all the stretching exercises on offer, grab a copy of the Ultimate Guide to Stretching & Flexibility (Handbook, DVD & CD-ROM).
The exercises and recommendations on this page are just a small sample of the many stretching exercises presented in the Handbook and on the DVD. In total, they include 135 clear photographs and 44 video demonstrations of unique stretching exercises for every major muscle group in your body. Plus, over 80 printable stretching routines for 22 sports and 19 different muscle groups.
The DVD also includes 3 customized stretching routines (8 minutes each) for the Upper Body; the Lower Body; and the Neck, Back & Core, plus a bonus CD-ROM that allows you to print out over 80 stretching routines that you can take with you where ever you go.
The Handbook and DVD will show you, step-by-step, how to perform each stretch correctly. Plus, you'll also learn the 7 critical rules for safe stretching; the benefits of flexibility; and how to stretch properly. Check out the Ultimate Guide to Stretching & Flexibility for yourself.