BIG FIVE:  Postural Stretching Exercises

These stretches are key to a healthy neck and upper back which is why they are frequently prescribed by Dr. Sutter.  View the videos below to brush up on the proper form. 

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1. Begin sitting or standing naturally.
2. Tuck your chin in and pull your head straight back.
3. Hold for 2 seconds.
4. 10 repetitions, 2 times a day.


1. Begin with shoulders relaxed.
2. Pinch shoulders upward toward ears and hold for 2 seconds then relax. Repeat 10 times.
3. Slowly rotate shoulder backwards in circles 10 repetitions, 2 times a day.


1. Stand in doorway with hips even with door jamb.
2. Place hands on door jamb parallel with shoulder level and let forearms rest on door jamb.
3. Move body forward to stretch upper chest.
4. Hold 10 seconds, 2 times a day.



1. Grasp arm at wrist, pull arm down and across the back.
2. Lean head to opposite shoulder.
3. Rotate head in varying angles as you continue leaning toward the shoulder.
4. Hold 10 seconds, 2 times a day.





1. Maintain good posture.
2. Extend arms in front.
3. Grasp wrist and gently pull arms forward, allow the chin to drop to the chest and the upper back to round.
4. Hold 10 seconds, 2 times a day.
5. Repeat grasping other wrist.





Chin Tuck Big 5 stretch
Shoulder elevation and circles
Pectoralis stretch
upper trapezius
Rhomboid stretch
Axial extension Big Five stretch
Shoulder Elevation and Circles
Pectoral stretch
upper trap
rhomboid stretch