Are one of many who suffers from neck pain? When the head and shoulders drift forward due to poor posture, some muscles in the chest and neck can shorten and become tight over time, which can perpetuate the poor posture that is causing neck pain. So, try two easy stretching exercises to help!
- Corner Stretch: An exercise used for stretching the chest and shoulder muscles using a corner of a room.
- Stand approximately two feet back from the corner, facing into the corner.
- Feet should be together.
- Forearms are placed on each wall, and elbows are a little below shoulder height.
- Lean in as far as possible without pain. Patients will feel a stretch in the front of the shoulders and chest.
- Hold the stretch for about 30 seconds to a minute.
- Levator Scapulae Stretch (pictured below): An exercise performed while sitting or standing.
- Lengthen the muscle by raising the elbow above the shoulder at the side to stretch.
- In this position, rest the elbow against a door jamb. This action rotates the outside of the shoulder blade up and the inside of it down, which lengthens the levator scapulae muscle.
- Next, turn the head away from the side that is stretching and bring the chin down, stretching the back of the neck.
- Place the fingers of the other hand on the top of the head and gently pull the head forward increasing the stretch slightly.
- Hold this for about 30 seconds to a minute.
To learn more tips on reducing neck pain, please visit Neck Stretches by Spine-health.com.
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