Exercises for Neck Pain Relief

Do You Need Exercises for Neck Pain Relief?

Many people have neck pain because of simple reasons such as:

• muscle imbalances

• lack of muscle tone

• poor posture

• trigger points in the neck muscles

Often it’s a combination of all four of these reasons. It makes sense to think that if you can improve your muscle tone, balance your muscles, improve your posture, and eliminate any trigger points in your neck and shoulder muscles, you will also eliminate a lot of neck pain. You can do this with exercises for neck pain relief.

Check your own neck right now and feel the muscle tone of your neck and upper back muscles. How does it feel? Is it tight? Is it difficult for you to move your neck in normal range of motions? Do you feel ‘rocks’ or ‘golf balls’ in the muscles? These may be trigger points, not tumors!

Simple exercises for neck pain can actually eliminate quite a bit of your pain if you do them daily for 21 days. It’s very rewarding to do these exercises, because even after the first day, you will feel a difference.

If you have a herniated disc or stenosis in your neck, it is important to ask your doctor for specific exercises for your neck pain. Stressing the neck in the wrong way in these conditions can lead to an increase of pain, not a decrease!

Three Simple Exercises for Neck Pain Relief

Below are three different exercises for neck pain relief. Use them in your journey to be pain-free and add more to them each week.

1. Sexy Neck Moves

You might as well have a little fun while you do some of these exercises for neck pain relief. For this one, imagine that there’s a really sexy person in front of you. The average response is to tilt the head to the side and smile.

  1. Start with your head in a neutral position, chin not up and not down, and looking straight ahead.
  2. You just caught the eye of that sexy person, so smile and tilt your head to the right, bringing your ear towards your shoulder.
  3. Now return to the neutral position, then tilt your head to the left.
  4. Repeat three times.

After you have mastered this exercise, try to peek at the sexy person underneath your desk by bringing your head forward and tilted to one side, then forward and tilted to the other side. This will create motion in a different dimension.

And since your neck moves in a variety of other ways, you can even develop your own new exercises that increase the range of motion you currently have. All you have to remember is to work all the directions of movement, not just one or two.

2. Trapezius Muscle Stretch

The trapezius muscle is a diamond-shaped muscle with the top of the diamond located at the back of your head and the widest points of the diamond at your shoulders in the back. This muscle can become very tense. Check yours right now by touching it. Is it rock hard? Are you able to move your neck in full range of motion? Perform this stretch and find out how much neck pain you can eliminate. This exercise for neck pain relief is amazing!

  1. Sitting in your chair at your desk, push away from your desk.
  2. Cross your wrists in front of your body and cup the outside of your knee with your hands. Your right hand should be cupping your left knee; your left hand should be cupping your right knee.
  3. Now open your legs, moving your knees outward. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
  4. Repeat three times.

You will feel a great stretch in the Trapezius muscle with this exercise. Afterward, feel your muscle tone in your neck muscles. Better, right?

3. Heavenly Circles

A good way to really get the blood flow circulating back in your neck is to do this exercise.

1. Extend your arms out in front of your body at about the chest level, intertwining your fingers together and turning your arms inside out by facing your palms outward.

2. Now raise your arms toward heaven and stretch, looking upward.

3. Next with your arms fully extended, begin making a huge circle to the right.

Feel the stretch in your neck, shoulders, back, and arms as you do this.

4. Then reverse directions.

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