Pain in the neck? We often think to stretch the back of our neck to resolve pain issues, as well as stretching the sides of the neck too. But sometimes more effective for resolving neck pain is stretching the FRONT of the neck.
Like a giraffe reaching up towards the leaves (from a stable, seated position) extend the chin up and head back. Now, jut the chin upwards as far as is comfortable to go. When those tight muscles begin to feel as though they're starting to relax, then stick your tongue out and point it to the sky, WAY up high! (Yes, we're perfectly serious.)
The muscles and fascia in the front (anterior) of the neck often are neglected when we stretch. The tongue can even become restricted by the fascia that holds it in place. This "giraffe stretch" can help loosen all these tissues up and restore range of motion and relaxation, relieving troublesome neck pain. Have a go at it! (But make sure nobody is watching before you do ;-).) And remember, along with regular stretching, a good old massage can help too.
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Jerri W., LMT, CWC
Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Wellness Coach with over 25+ years of experience in pain management, relaxation techniques and lifestyle education.
Heather R., LMT, CWC
Certified Wellness Coach and Licensed Massage Therapist with a passion for helping others achieve optimal wellness through healthier living.
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