Looking For A Good Exercise To Relieve Neck Pain?
Wonder if your neck pain exercises are helping or harming your neck pain? Last week we showed an alternative to a common neck stretch. However, sometimes stretching isn't necessarily good for neck pain. Watch the video below to learn how to do an alternative exercise to relieve neck pain.
If Lengthened, Overstretched Neck Muscles Are Causing Your Neck Pain, You DON'T Want To Stretch Them Out Further
Try this exercise to help relieve neck pain causes by muscles that are already overstretched.
- Put your hands on top of the wall
- Tuck your chin down
- Stay at a distance from the wall where you can stay vertical (Don't lean into the wall because you will put stress on your lower back)
- Start sliding your arms up the wall with your arms parallel to the wall (You don't want your elbows to flare)
- Keep sliding up until you feel like you can't go any farther
- Hold that position for 5-10 seconds
- Then slide back down
- Only go as far as it feels EASY to go. Straining doesn't help with this exercise.
- Aim for 5-10 repetitions at least 1-2 times per day, but QUALITY (good technique) and CONSISTENCY (don't skip any days) are more important than the total number of repetitions.
How Do You Know If You Need This Exercise To Relieve Your Neck Pain?
If you look in the mirror you MAY notice that one shoulder is lower than the other shoulder. If the low shoulder happens to be the side that the pain is on, then this my be a good exercise to relieve your neck pain!
Why, you may ask?
Well, if your shoulder is lower, it means the muscles supporting your shoulder blade are already overstretched! Instead of further overstretching the muscles, this exercise actually works on using the sore muscles in a shortened position while stretching the muscles below the shoulder blades that DO need to be stretched.
Summary... If you neck pain is on the side of the lower shoulder, try this exercise to relieve your neck pain.
Now if, on the other hand, the shoulder that you have pain on is higher, then stretching your neck muscles may be a better option for you.
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