Our sedentary lifestyle leads to neck pain, strain and stiffness – plain and simple. Every day, our phones and computers, cars and desks require our heads to spend way too much time in the forward position. The result is what we commonly refer to as “tech neck.”
In addition to this, we find ourselves in a busy mental state that generally lacks body awareness, which is why most people suffer from tight neck and shoulders.
Chiropractors say that for every inch your neck juts forward past your shoulder, it adds an additional ten pounds of strain to your neck.
The tension is caused by the weight of the head pulling forward and down, straining the scalene and trapezius muscles that support our head. Chiropractors say that for every inch your neck juts forward past your shoulder, it adds an additional ten pounds of strain to your neck.
The good news is we can improve our alignment of our heads to reduce tension and pain in the neck muscles. How? Read on!
Reduce Neck Pain By Adjusting Your Alignment – Here’s How:
Start in a comfortable seated position and sit up tall. Shift your head back in space and lengthen the back of the neck by subtly drawing your chin back and in towards the chest (this may feel like you’re giving yourself a double chin).
Once you feel the back of your neck stretch, find a balanced placement of your chin that feels more natural for you to maintain. The key is not to force or hold any alignment but allow for ease and minor adjustments.
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When the weight of the head is stacked over your shoulders, you will feel your neck muscles relax. This is your ideal placement of the head over the shoulders. Think ears in line with the top of your shoulders, or ears over collarbones.
Move gently and slowly. Doing this small adjustment as many times as you can remember throughout the day can be extremely helpful in correcting the placement of your head.
In addition to doing this self-adjustment, you can practice daily exercises to reduce neck pain and stiffness. Read on to learn more!
Here Are 3 Neck Pain Exercises You Can Do Daily:
To mobilize and strengthen the neck muscles, try these 3 exercises to reduce neck pain and stiffness and increase mobility.
1. Head Traction
This movement is tractioning your head away from your spine and can assist in easing any compression in the cervical spine (or neck).