Neck stretches is just one way of reducing the risk for stiffness and stress. Day to day routines like working on computers or watching television, poor posture and injury can result in tightening of the neck muscles, causing a stiff neck. A stiff neck can be very painful. Daily stretching exercises can help loosen up those tight muscles.
The best thing about these exercises is that you don’t have to wait for the right time and right place. These neck stretches can be done wherever you are; working, watching television or cooking in the kitchen. If you do neck stretches on a regular basis, they will really help to loosen and stretch the muscles in your neck.
As you breathe in, turn your neck gently to the right side and look over your right shoulder, stay in that position for five seconds. Then, come back to the center slowly and do the same thing on the left side. This stretch exercise should be done 10 times on both sides. Do not turn your head beyond your shoulder to avoid injuring your neck.
Forward and Backward Tilt Neck Stretches
For a forward and backward tilt, it is somehow alike to the neck twist but the range of motion is forward and backward. Do this by standing straight, and slowly bend your neck forward while tucking your chin in. As you are doing this exercise make sure that your shoulders are stiff. Then, come back to the center and bend your neck to the back. Repeat this exercise for 10 to 12 times.
Head Rotation Neck Stretches
Stand straight, placing your hands on your waist. Without moving your shoulders, gradually bend your neck forward and slowly rotate it backwards completing one full circle. This exercise should be done clockwise and counterclockwise for 5 to 7 times. This head rotation is helpful in easing stiffness and pain on the neck.
Neck pain buster is a neck exercise that is considered to be effective for a stiff neck. This is done while standing straight and rotating your head to the right side, keeping the shoulders down. Then, gradually lower your chin toward the collarbone. Next is to extend your right hand and place it on your left ear, and gently push your neck down. Release your hand slowly and do the same procedure on the left side.
The above exercises can also be done while sitting on a chair. Observe proper breathing techniques when doing the neck stretches.
Proceed With Caution When Doing Neck Stretches
Do these stretching exercises with caution. Always seek advice from your professional health care provider if your stiff neck still continues in spite of all the efforts you have done to correct it. If you have experience stiff neck for too long, it may be a chronic symptom. Remember that neck pain can be an indication of another health problem.
Also, take note that if you suffer from a spine problem, it is important to consult a health care professional before performing neck stretches. It is also recommended that these exercises must be done under the direction of a physiotherapist.