Do you suffer from neck pain? If so, you’re not alone. Neck pain can be a result of a variety of things including posture, continuous sitting or standing, and even sleeping in the wrong position. Neck pain is no joke, and can often lead to headaches or more serious pain down your back. If you are experiencing neck pain, try these stretches.
1. While standing, place both arms behind your back. With one hand, hold the wrist of your other hand. Slowly pull your hands back away from your body. You can lower your eye to your shoulder to deepen the stretch, then switch to the other side.
2. Sit in a cross-legged position and extend your right arm down and out a bit from your side. Place your left hand on top of your head, and slowly tilt your head to the left. Use your left arm to add pressure to your head, stretching your neck. Choose how much or how little you push based on your comfort level. Hold this position for as long as you want, then switch sides.
3. Sit in a cross-legged position with your back straight and clasp your hands together, palms on the back of your head. Tilt our head forward slowly, using the pressure from your hands guide your head down. Use your palms to pull your head away from your shoulders for a deeper stretch. Hold as long as desired.
It’s common to experience neck pain if you sit for long hours at your computer, lay in bed looking down at your phone, and many more stiff, motionless positions. Switching up your routine and getting your body moving will help to ease this pain, along with these stretches. Test out these stretches and do what works best for you and your body.
This is not intended as medical advice, please consult a physician before changing your workout routine.