Do you often find yourself complaining about a stiff neck?
It is one of the most common office-related complaints in the modern age. What will separate you from the millions of others is whether you choose to do something about it! As the incursions of posture, sitting, and technology grow by the day, you need to be proactive about keeping your neck free of tension and this means stretching on a daily basis.
Unwinding the layers of tight muscle that have built over years can be a daunting task, but there is nothing to lose except your pain! Start simply by doing stretches from the very chair you are sitting in:
- Clasping neck: clasp your hands behind your head with fingers interlocked. Lower your chin toward your chest until you feel a stretch; hold 5 seconds and release.
- Behind-the-back: reach both arms behind your back, clasp your left wrist with your right hand and pull gently away from your body. Hold 5 seconds and switch sides.
- Ear-to-shoulder: grasp the side of the chair with your right hand to stabilize your body. . Place your left hand on top of your head and lower your left ear toward left shoulder until you feel a stretch on the right side.
An action plan with Scorca Chiropractic Center
I’m guessing that you don’t want to look like a hunchback when you are older; but too many of us put off dealing with our stiff necks, letting the problem compound until we are stuck permanently forward. We stretch to unwind tight muscles and focus on strengthening the ones that matter for holding your head at the top of your spine. Along the way we will defeat the hunched, rounded shoulders look and open up the chest cavity to make breathing more efficient and pain less prevalent! Give our office in Fremont a call to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C.