Working to improve the mobility in your neck can help ease the discomfort you feel in your shoulders caused by strain. Since the trapezius muscle is connected to both the shoulder and the neck, increasing how far the muscle can safely stretch in the neck will decrease the stress placed on the same muscle at the shoulder.
Improving neck mobility is easy to do and can be achieved by performing the following exercises daily:
1. Tuck your chin into your chest then lift your chin upwards as far as you can without discomfort. Repeat this movement 5 to 10 times.
2. With your head facing forward, lower your right ear to your right shoulder as far as you can; bring your head back to centre then repeat on the left side. Repeat 5 to 10 times.
3. Again with your head facing forward, turn your chin toward your right shoulder and then your left, repeating 5 to 10 times.
4. Keeping your chin level, slide your neck forward and backward, repeating 5 to 10 times.
Do the exercises gently, and start slowly. As you progress, they will become more comfortable as the range of mobility in the neck improves.