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Neck Therapeutic Exercise

It is important to follow your doctor or therapist recommendations about any exercise program. Consult with your practitioner before beginning any program or you may injure yourself.

Neck Exercises:

Also see Low Back Exercises

Suggested Neck Exercises

The following group of neck exercises are designed to improve flexibility and strength. .

Here are some simple stretching exercises for simple neck pain that can relieve some simple episodes of neck ache. Some can be used on the job to relieve neck strain.

NECK GLIDE (middle photo): Start with neck straight. Slowly slide your chin forward. Hold for five seconds and return to starting position. Do ten times. NECK EXTENSION (right photo): Without arching your back, slowly move your head backward so you are looking upward. Hold for five seconds. Return to starting position (far left photo). This is a good exercise to do during work to prevent neck strain.

Practitioners in acupressure have various pressure points located on the body. The points shown here related to chronic pain. By pressing and holding for several seconds, acupressure advocates believe a person can sense some relief of pain.

Start by looking straight ahead. Slowly turn your head to the left. Hold for ten seconds, then return to starting position. Then, slowly turn you head to the other side. Hold for ten seconds. Return to starting position. Do ten repetitions. This is a good exercise to do during work, especially if you have to keep your head in a steady position for extended periods, as in working at a computer. Do this exercise every half hour to prevent neck strain.

Start by looking straight ahead. Slowly lean your head to the left. Hold for five seconds, then return to starting position. Then, slowly lean your head to the other side. Hold for five seconds. Return to starting position. Do ten repetitions. This is a good exercise to do during work, especially if you have to keep your head in a steady position for extended periods, as in working at a computer. Do this exercise every half hour to prevent neck strain.

Start by looking straight ahead. Slowly raise both shoulders up. Hold for five seconds, then return to starting position. Do ten repetitions. This is a good exercise to do during work, especially if you have to keep your head in a steady position for extended periods, as in working at a computer. Do this exercise every half hour to prevent neck strain.

Start by looking straight ahead. Slowly lower your chin toward your chest. Hold for five seconds, then return to starting position. Do ten repetitions. This is a good exercise to do during work, especially if you have to keep your head in a steady position for extended periods, as in working at a computer. Do this exercise every half hour to prevent neck strain.

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