Most of the time, neck problems are caused due to improper posture. More than 70 percent of Americans have neck pain at some point during their lives.
Pain in the neck is a very common problem for many people. Most of the time neck pain is caused due inconvenient seating at the workplace, lack of movement, misaligned hips, spine or shoulders or a combination of fatigue and stress.
Regular stretching exercises may be from great help and may provide huge relief for people suffering from this problem. On other hand, according to Center for Clinical Studies at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, with neck exercises of 6 times per day neck pain will never happen. Eliminate neck pain with following stretching exercises.
5 Stretches To Relieve A Tight Sore Neck
Seated Neck Release
This stretch targets the sides of the neck.
- Sit on the floor (or chair) with your feet crossed on the ground.
- Extend one arm next to a knee at same side.
- Place your other arm on top of your head and tilt, slowly.
- Lift your head slowly and repeat with opposite side.
Seated Clasping Neck Stretch
This stretch targets the back of the neck and upper back.
- Sit in a chair in normal straight position (with your back straight and your shoulders back).
- Clasp your hands behind your head.
- Press your hands toward your thighs tapping your chin to chest to stretch.
- Hold for 5-10seconds and slowly lift your head up.
Behind the Back Neck Stretch
This standing stretch offers deep stretch and can be performed anywhere.
- Stand straight with your feet slightly apart.
- Reach your hands behind your back and hold one of your wrists with opposite hand.
- Gently pull away from you and hold the position for 5-10 seconds.
- Tilt gently on one side.
- Slowly release back, switch sides (hands) and repeat.
Seated Heart Opener
This yoga stretching exercise encourages lengthening of the spine and neck.
- Kneel down, and sit back on you heels.
- Lean back and put your palms behind you flat on the floor with fingers pointing away.
- Lift your chest high while you press your hands gently into the ground and arching your back.
- Keep the position for 20-30 seconds and gently go back to starting point.
Another yoga pose that stretch both back and neck.
- Lie flat on the floor with your arms along the sides of your body and your knees bent.
- Place your feet flat on the floor and around shoulder width and make sure they are parallel. (This is your starting position).
- With your palms and feet pressing into the ground, lift your hips off the floor while keeping your back straight.
- Keep the position for 30 seconds then release the stretch and gently lower back to the starting point.