At some point in a person’s life they will experience a sore neck. Sometimes it restricts you from looking over your shoulder in the car. Maybe it causes you pain when you sit and read.
These minor pains are often neglected because we assume “It’ll get better tomorrow” or “It’s not really that bad!” However, these issues can turn from a nagging pain to severe tightness. It is important to be preventive when it concerns your body, especially your neck. As these minor strains progress they can begin to cause headaches/migraines or refer pain into the shoulders or upper back. This is your body telling you that it’s time to do something about it before it gets to late. So empower yourself and do this simple stretch to keep your neck healthy and happy!
Stretch the Levator Scapula Muscle
*Make sure you are not in any pain during this hold;
if so decrease the range of the movement.
Tilt your head to the Left side by bringing the ear to the right shoulder
Rotate the head down to the left, so your eyes look towards the ground – or your armpit
Use your left hand to add some extra pressure to the head tilt and rotation
Let your right shoulder drop and put your right arm behind the back
Hold this position for 5-10 seconds – take full deep breaths while performing this stretch or any stretch
Do this stretch for 5-8 reps, 1-2 sets and 2-3 times per day.