Today’s sedentary lifestyle is the major cause of our stiff muscles. The neck is affected the most of all the other muscles in our body. A lot of stress gets accumulated in our neck region which gives rise to painful cramps and discomfort in the neck. If your posture is improper or if you sit on a poorly designed chair, you are more likely to be prone to stiff necks. Little or no exercise in your daily routine is yet another reason.
There are many simple exercises for your neck, which help the muscles release the built-up tension. They are easy stretches, which can done any time you feel your neck is hurting.
Sit in a chair with your back straight. You back should not touch the chair or be in its support. Keep your head straight and look in the front. Taking a deep breath pull your neck backwards. Stay in this position for about 2 minutes. Then slowly breathing out, come back to the initial position. Now, take another breath in and draw your neck inwards. While doing this, remember to curve your back slightly and touch your chest with your chin. Stay in this position for about 2 minutes.
Repeat this sequence for about 5-10 times. You will feel the stress releasing from not your neck but also your shoulders.
Interlock the fingers of both your hands. Place them on the back of your neck. Do not give pressure. Just keep them normally. Gently move your neck from left to right and then from right to left. The fingers will act like a padding to prevent any neck sprains or jerks. Also, they give a massaging effect to your neck.
You can also use your thumb to gently press the nape of the neck.
Take a deep breath in and tilt your head towards the right side. Stretch your neck muscles carefully in such a manner that that you give it the maximum stretch but not injure it. Repeat the same on the other side. Do this for about 3-4 times.
A painful neck may not only be a sign of stress but it could also be the beginning of problems like spondylitis. Next time your neck aches, give it a few minutes, do the simple stretches and keep it flexible and pain free!