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Stretches To Relieve A Tight Neck

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Whether you slept in a funky position last night or you have been sitting and staring tensely at your computer for hours on end, do these stretches to relieve a tight neck! Keep in mind these stretches are only to relieve the muscles and do not do them if they cause you any pain (Toronto neck pain).

Seated Neck Release

Sit on the floor in a cross-legged position or in a chair with your feet flat on the ground. Extend your right arm next to your right knee or along the right side of the chair. Place your left hand on the top of your head and slowly tilt your head to the left. Apply gentle pressure with your hand to increase the stretch. To feel a deeper stretch, you can hold onto your right knee or the seat of the chair. This stabilizes the torso and allows you to isolate the stretch on the side of your neck. Hold on this side for 30 seconds, then slowly lift your head up and repeat this stretch on the other side.

Levator Stretch

Turn head towards the shoulder and drop the chin. You can place your hand on the back of your head and gently pull down towards your shoulder to elongate the stretch (use the hand on the same side that your head is turned to). Hold this stretch for approximately 10-15 seconds and repeat 3-5 times to each side (low back pain).

Chin Tucks

Begin by sitting up straight with your shoulders back and head up, facing forward. Place your finger on your chin and pull your head straight back as if you are trying to push your chin into your neck / to the back of your head. Repeat this motion ten times and perform three sets (low back pain toronto)