Living in Denver leads to a busy and active lifestyle for many; with that active lifestyle comes aches and pains, particularly around the neck. Neck pain is something an estimated 70% of Americans experience at least at some point in their lives. Chiropractic care is a great way to relieve neck pain and reduce stiffness.
It is important to identify what is actually causing your neck pain. Most neck pain is caused by bad posture; specifically, forward head posture as it puts pressure on the back and back of the neck, leading to stiff necks and even headaches. Because of the nature of the injury, chiropractic adjustments are a great way to treat neck pain; and while adjustments are a great place to start, it takes work outside the office to help ensure pain relief.
These are some exercises and stretches you can do at home, at the office or on the go (just not while driving) to get you the results you need. Here are 6 simple exercises to help you through until your next chiropractic adjustment.
Start by bringing your head straight back, while keeping your eyes forward. Then slowly return to a neutral position.
Begin by tipping your head back as far as it will go. Meanwhile, point your chin toward the ceiling and return to a neutral position. Remember to only go as far back as is comfortable.
With your left hand, reach over the top of your head. Grab your ear and slowly and gently pull the ear down to your left shoulder. Repeat for the right side, alternating between the two.
Slowly turn your head to the right so that your nose is over your right shoulder. Then slowly return to your neutral position. Repeat for the left side, alternating between the two.
Place your hands on the back of your head, interlocking fingers. Then guide your head down, with your chin moving to your chest.
Shoulder Blade Pull:
Begin with arms raised at 90-degree angles. With your shoulder relaxed, squeeze the muscles between the shoulder blades.
Remember that addressing the source of neck pain is key to reducing it and practice good posture throughout the day. Call us at Reinhardt Chiropractic and Wellness today if you would like to discuss your posture or would like to get an adjustment. We will work with you to create a plan to reduce your neck pain and ultimately aim to get rid of it all together.
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