If you experience frequent neck pain and/or stiffness, you could benefit from a simple routine of stretching and strengthening the many skeletal muscles and ligaments that line your neck.
According to our Ealing chiropractor, a healthy steady blood flow is the most important requirement for healthy ligaments and muscles in the neck. And stretching the ligaments and muscles that line your neck is one of the most effective ways to promote and maintain a rich supply of blood in this area. But as well as stretching exercises, it’s also crucial that you keep your neck in good overall health.
So here are some top tips that you can follow:
Forward Flexion Stretch
Allow your head to fall forward so that your chin rests on the top of your chest.
Once you feel a pull in the muscles that line the back of your neck (or once the joints of your neck won’t allow you to bend forward any more) hold this position for as long as is comfortable – up to 30 seconds.
If you sit down in front of a computer for long periods of time, you should get up every 15-20 minutes or so and stretch. While you’re up, why not perform some basic neck stretches like the one above? Just keep it simple; get up, walk around, stretch your neck. That’s all you need to remember.
Staying hydrated is really important because it affects the spinal discs and the fluid between them. If you don’t drink enough water, your disks won’t be properly protected and you may experience friction. It doesn’t take a chiropractor to tell you that friction between spinal discs essentially means they’re being ground down. Doesn’t sound too good? It’s not – so avoid this by staying hydrated!
It’s easy to protect your neck and keep it healthy! Just remember these essential tips!