Today’s modern world often puts extra stress on one of the most important parts of our body – our head and neck.
Whether you spend time watching T.V., working on a computer, or using electronic devices you’re putting extra strain on your neck and shoulders. Over time, this can tighten your muscles and stress your joints, resulting in arm pain and headaches.
Don’t let minor inconveniences turn into major problems, take some time during the day to perform any of these simple neck stretches:
- Start by relaxing your shoulders and lightly holding on to your thighs or the bottom of your chair (if you’re sitting).
- Tilt your head toward your shoulder and hold for 15 to 30 seconds.
- Then, keep your right shoulder down and lean your head to the left. Use your left hand to pull gently down on your head. Repeat on the opposite side.
- Repeat 2 to 4 times for each shoulder.
Diagonal Neck Stretch
- Turn your head slightly towards one direction and tilt your head diagonally forward towards your chest and hold for 15 to 30 seconds.
- Then, use your hand to gently and steadily pull your head forwards on the stretch. Repeat on the opposite side.
- Repeat 2 to 4 times on each side.
- Stand roughly 2 feet from a corner of a room, facing in, with your feet together.
- Place your forearms on the walls of the corner, with your palms on the wall and elbows at about shoulder height.
- Lean in gently until you feel a stretch and stay 30 seconds.
- Repeat 2 to 3 times.
Laying Neck Stretch
- Lie down on a comfortable area and place a rolled-up bath or beach towel under your neck where it naturally curves.
- Tip your chin back and allow the weight of your head to stretch the front of your neck.
- Repeat 2 to 4 times.