Do you have tight shoulders? Osteopath reveals his simple trick for loosening your traps and reducing neck pain in minutes
- An osteopath has revealed his simple trick to loosen tight shoulders
- Brendon Talbot, from Canada, performed an easy movement in a viral TikTok
- He sat on his flat hand and tilted his head to the opposite shoulder
- While taking deep breaths he held the position for a few seconds
- He claims the movement ‘stretches’ the trap fibres to relieve tight muscles
An osteopath has shared a simple trick he claims can help loosen tight traps and shoulders to reduce neck pain.
Brendon Talbot, a Canadian health practitioner who specialises in bone and muscle tissue, performed a single movement to ‘stretch’ the upper trap fibres.
In a now-viral TikTok video, Mr Talbot says sitting on your hand with the palm facing down and tilting your head to your opposite shoulder for a few seconds will ‘lengthen’ the muscle.
To increase the stretch he recommended gently pulling your head away with your free hand and taking ‘a few deep breaths’ before changing sides.
Brendon Talbot (pictured) is a health practitioner from Canada who specialises in bone and muscle tissue
In a now-viral TikTok video, Mr Talbot says sitting on your hand with the palm facing down and tilting your head to your opposite shoulder for a few seconds will ‘lengthen’ the muscle
The trapezius is the large triangular shaped muscle spanning from the back of the neck and shoulders and over the shoulder blade.
‘Tightness in the upper trapezius can affect shoulder and neck mobility,’ he wrote in the short video.
‘It is common for people to tense the muscles of the shoulder and neck when they feel stressed.
‘This tension can lead to muscle soreness over time.’
In the comments Mr Talbot added how the exercise is to assist the ‘general public’ and for any further pain or discomfort it’s important to see your healthcare professional.
To increase the stretch he recommended gently pulling your head away with the free hand and taking ‘a few deep breaths’ before changing sides
Mr Talbot’s video, which has gone viral, racking up more than 600,00 views, was flooded by thousands of positive comments.
‘I have needed this for YEARS! Thank you!’ one person wrote.
‘I’ve learnt more in one post than the number of visits to the chiropractor!’ another added.
A third said: ‘I live for this stretch after working shoulders [at the gym].’
If it hurts to begin with, Mr Talbot said to ‘start with a slight bend [in the neck] each way’ as it’s likely ‘one side will be easier’ to loosen than the other.