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Stretch of the Week – Neck Stretches

Our necks do quite a big job for us by supporting our head! And we abuse it with poor posture more then we should.

You don’t want to become one of those people that has to turn their whole bodies to see over their shoulder. Stretching our necks daily is something we often over look.

These are the best neck stretches to help your range of motion. You don’t want to lean you head back but the side to side motions increase your range of motion and help relieve tension in the top of the tapezius muscles.

Here are six ranges of motion of the neck. For best results, you should stretch your neck in all six ranges for 10-15 seconds, but if you are in a hurry, just stretch the ranges that are painful or tight! To begin, sit with good posture in your chair. Reach and hold the seat of the chair with your hands.

Neck Flexion (Chin to Chest) Slowly begin to lower you neck down by lower your chin down to your check and hold for 10-15 seconds.

Right Lateral Flexion (Ear to Shoulder) – Lower your right ear towards your right shoulder.

Left Lateral Flexion (Ear to Shoulder) – Lower your left ear towards your left shoulder.

Right Rotation (Chin to Shoulder) – Slowly turn your head to the right. Your chin with be close to your right shoulder.

Left Rotation (Chin to Shoulder) – Slowly turn your head to the left. Your chin with be close to your left shoulder.

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