Current evidence suggests that static stretching for injury prevention such as stretching for tight hamstrings is not effective for preventing hamstring strains. A better method is eccentric strengthening to reduce risk of injury. An example of this would be Nordic hamstring exercises. Further, this concept can be extrapolated to muscles such as upper trapezius tightness. Instead of daily stretching of these muscles, consider another approach base on strengthening and improving neck proprioception
- Replace stretching the trapezius with Figure 8 exercises. Close your eyes and SLOWLY draw 10 figure 8 with the tip of your nose.
- Perform shoulder press exercises 3 sets of 10 daily using 3-5 lbs. dumbbells or with a band placed under your feet.
Hopefully within 2 weeks there should be a noticeable difference in the tightness sensation.