Upper trapezius stretch
More than 25 percent of the population experiences neck pain-and it’s more common in women than men. To fend off this ache, try stretching your trapezius-the kite-shaped muscle that covers the upper and back part of the neck and the shoulders-a few times a day.
Stretch: Sitting up straight, with your feet flat and shoulders back, grab onto the bottom of your chair with your right hand. Then slowly tilt your head sideways, bringing your left ear toward your left shoulder until you feel a gentle stretch along the right side of your neck and shoulder. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds; repeat on the opposite side. Do this stretch a few times a day to help prevent a strain from starting in the first place.