Neck, First Rib Pain & Stiffness: Anterior Scalene Muscle Stretch
With Chronic neck stiffness, you may actually have a stiff first rib due to a tight anterior scalene muscle. This can be caused by old trauma, stress or bad posture from sitting. Start by placing the inside part of the hand below the thumb firmly above your collar bone and over the first rib. Then take a big breath in, keep your chin tucked, look upwards slightly and tilt your ear away from the shoulder. Don’t forget to exhale and just keep breathing in and out normally while holding this stretch for 30 seconds. Repeat it 3 times for each side twice per day.