Neck Pain Relief: Essential Stretches
Millions of people suffer from temporary or chronic neck pain. It can be a disabling condition because it limits your physical abilities and takes a significant toll on the mind. Neck pain can affect all aspects of your life, including work, social life, and hobbies.
When you suffer from pain, it may be tempting to turn to painkillers, but they only offer temporary relief. They don't address the root issue, and repeated use is detrimental to your health in the long run. As a chiropractic clinic, we’re dedicated to treating patients by fixing the causes of pain, not just treating the pain itself. We encourage patients to employ stretches and exercises outside our office for muscle strengthening, conditioning, and expanding range of motion.
Whether you have a kink in your neck caused by sleeping funny, you've had a stressful work week, or if you just want to get more limber, neck exercises are a great way to reduce pain and prevent it in the future. Here are six stretches you can do any time, even at work!
Standing Neck Stretch
This stretch targets the main muscles that contribute to tension pain.
To restore or maintain your neck's range of motion, do head turns once or twice daily.
The Arm Pull
This stretch is done standing up and stretches the sides of the neck.
Tilts are one of the easiest and most effective stretches. You can do it standing up or sitting down.
Shoulder rolls are one of the most common and prominent stretches among athletes, and for a good reason. They relieve tension, stiffness, and stress while promoting better joint circulation.
Chin tucks are another effective stretch that can easily be performed anywhere.
Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain
Stretches are great at-home exercises to relieve temporary pain caused by stress or tension. It's also great to strengthen the muscles and build a better range of motion to prevent injury in the future. However, be careful not to stretch more than the recommended amounts and only stretch within the range of your ability. Stretching too often or beyond a comfortable range of movement can cause injuries.
If you suffer from intense and chronic neck pain every day, there may be a more elaborate underlying issue, especially if you've experienced a recent accident or injury. To maintain your health, contact us today for a chiropractic evaluation.