Neck pain? Here are some tips to help.

Neck pain

Do Daily Stretches to Relieve Neck Pain

Do you ever have neck pains?  Do you feel like your neck is so stiff that you can barely turn your head?  At times these pains start slowly without any specific injury and are unnoticeable.

Today, doctors recommend the best treatment is movement rather than rest.

There is now scientific evidence that stretching and strengthening heals pains faster and reduces the likeliness of developing chronic pain.  Patients with chronic pain, or long-term pain, also benefited from stretching and strengthening when compared with standard treatment with pain medication.

But how much exercise to do?  What types are best?  How often should it be done?

Taking the First Steps:

  1. Make sure you are sleeping on the proper pillow and mattress.

Try not to sleep on your  stomach.  Your neck will be in extension which can cause discomfort and pain in the neck.

  1. Take short breaks in between long computer sessions. (Every 45 minutes).  Stand and stretch for a few minutes.  Neck rolls and shoulder rolls help loosen the upper back and decrease muscle spasms.
  2. Incorporate stretching into your daily routine.
  3. Perform strengthening exercises like Brugger’s Exercises to counter the effects of poor posture.

Ask our doctors and therapists what are the proper stretching exercises for you!