Let’s talk about neck and shoulder tension. It’s a pretty common complaint that I hear a lot about in the clinic, and I too, have experienced having a cranky neck in the past. This type of tension seems to be associated with stress, previous injury, and spending a lot of time in one position (again, desk work and staring at a computer for hours on end seems to be a common aggravating factor!). There are a few ways that we can help those muscles to relax and to reduce tension in the neck and shoulders. Manual therapy can be helpful, especially during acute stages, and incorporating a little more movement into your day can also go a long way!
This week I am sharing a nice and easy way to add some movement to your neck. What I’m about to share with you may not be appropriate for everyone, especially those with an acute injury, so make sure to consult a professional health care provider if attempting to do this exercise doesn’t feel quite right.
What I love about this stretch is that it can be done pretty much anywhere, anytime. Watch the video for instructions, or read below.
How it’s done: Either seated or standing, tilt your head gently to one side as you bring your ear towards your shoulder. While keeping your head tilted to the side, gently point your chin up towards the ceiling. Move gently as you relax into your breathing and the movement, there is no need to push yourself to go too deep. Repeat to the other side.
A reminder that this information is not intended to replace medical advice. Please seek help from a qualified healthcare professional if you are suffering from pain or are having difficulty doing these exercises.
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Yours in health,