17 Stretches and Exercises to find Relief from Neck Pain
There are various things which can cause neck pain. Some of them are like chronic illness, some injury or stress at work or at home. The most important thing to approach the proper healing is to addressing the root that causes neck pain. There are several neck pain stretches and exercises which provide relief from neck pain also increase the motion range of neck.
Whenever neck pain starts, it stretch out those muscles works out any tightness, kinks or tension and that can cause discomfort in the movement of neck. It is better to do some stretches and exercises which releases the tension from neck and shoulder muscles, because it helps to reduce the headache which is causes by neck pain.
These stretches and exercises are very easy and simple which you can do anywhere and it will only very few minutes of yours. You should try several stretches and exercises to see which one works best for you in neck pain. Try to do these exercises slowly and do not put pressure on your neck otherwise you can harm rather than giving relief to your neck.
Today I am going to share 17 stretches and exercises which can help you to get relief from the neck pain.
Side Neck Stretch for neck pain:-
Simply sit down straight and gently let down your head fall down to your right shoulder. Hold the position for 10 seconds to 20 seconds. Do this with calm mind and in relax position and let your shoulder down.
If you want to do a bit more stretching that place your hands gently on the tops of your head and letting the weight push your head down a little more. If you find it difficult or getting some pain then you can ignore this exercise.
You should do this for the other side too and can repeat this 5 times to 7 times in a set. Try to do this 3-4 times a day, it means total around 20-25 times a day.
Rotation Neck Stretch for neck pain:-
Again simply sit down and relax your body, after that start with the neutral position before slowly turning your head to your right side, keep the chin on level. Try turn your head as far as possibly you can do while looking over your right shoulder. You can hold this stretch for around 10-12 seconds. After that return back to normal position and do it on other side. You can do this 3-4 times a day with set of 4 to 5.
Isometric Neck Exercises for neck pain:-
According to the research, this was published in the Journal of American Medical Association. Stretching can help you from alleviate pain, but doing neck exercise regularly with resistance has been proven to provide five times more benefit than stretching.
These exercises for neck pain were tested in the studies by using resistance bands, but the same effectiveness can be achieved by the patient by using hands only.
Try to hold your palm of the right hand against your head directly over your ear. After that you should gently push your head and hand together in the same side while keeping your neck into neutral position for about eight to ten seconds. Rest for fifteen seconds and do this on other side. Repeat this exercise for 5 times in single time and do 2-3 times a day that means total 10 to 15 in a day.
After doing this exercise on the sides of your neck, try to place your hand on the forehead and push your head forward into the hand for eight seconds. You can repeat this 2-3 times. Now finally, place your hands on the back of your head and again pressing together for eight seconds.
Front Shoulder Stretch for neck pain:-
Try to straighten your left arm in front of you before moving your arm to the right side, across your body. After that you should bend your right arm and try to catch the left arm in the elbow crook. Now gently stretch your left shoulder for a count of eight and repeat this on the other side too
Back Shoulder Stretch for neck pain:-
Try to lift both of your arms overhead. Now bend your right arm and capture your left arm with your right hand, just above your elbow. Now let your left arm fall down gently. Try to fall your arm as far as you feel it comfortable. After that, hold it on same position for eight seconds before repeating in on the other side of your arm.
Yoga for Neck Pain:-
Yoga is one of the excellent ways to improve flexibility and strength in your body. Doing deep breathing in yoga helps the practitioners become more aware of the tension which generates in their bodies.
Doing consistent practice of yoga helps you to release stress, stiffness and the pain in the body. One of the main areas of the body where people hold the stress is the upper back and neck. When these areas become tight and you also fill stiffness, it creates the headaches. These days every loves to spend time on computer, laptops and on mobile, and when we feel tired, our shoulders go down forward into our chest and our head also goes forward. This thing creates pain the shoulder, neck and also headaches. By doing yoga regularly, anyone can get rid of that tension and stress. Yoga makes body, mind and soul lighter and you feel more relaxed and happier from inside.
Just few simple yoga exercises can help you to relax and release all of the tension from your neck from shoulders with your headache. He neck, shoulder and back muscles are interwoven, overlapping and connected with each other which grip the entire shoulder. When one of them is getting tighter, it creates pain in all of the parts those are attached together.
Wide Legged Forward Fold for neck pain:-
A wide legged forward fold is another good place where you can start stretch for your neck pain. Try to stand with your feet around 2 to 3 feet apart. Inhale oxygen and then exhale lightly. Keep your legs engaged together and make your back straighter.
You can stop this in halfway down and rest your forehead on chair or on some counter. Keep your core engaged together and your legs in firm position, and let your head and neck relaxed. Hold your body for several breathes and let everything goes out too. You should rise up slowly while inhaling and go down slightly while exhaling. Do this for 5-7 times in one time try to do 3-4 times a day.
Standing Forward Fold with Shoulder Opener for neck pain:-
You should stand straight and tall with parallel feet and hips width distance apart. Now start inhaling and lengthening the crown of your heads to the sky. After that exhale and lengthen your tail bone down towards the floor, it’s just enough to engage your muscles of the lower belly. Now interlace your hands behind. Inhale and reach your hands towards the floor behind yourself when you look up, now pressing your sternum to the sky.
So now, when you exhale again then hinge forward from your hips by folding forward. You can bend your kneed if you want to protect the backside of your knees. As you do the fold, then bring your clasped hands on upside over your head as far as you feel comfortable. Try to stay in this position for at least eight deep breaths.
Now come back to normal position by releasing the clasp of your hands bring down your hands on to your hips. Know bend your knees slight a bit, now start inhale and come halfway up. Now stay their and do exhale and then when you inhale again, starts pressing your feet into the ground to rise all way up out from this exercise for the neck pain.
Strap Stretches for neck pain:-
You should sit comfortably with your spine tall and your tailbone lengthening towards downside. Now take a strap or belt in your both hands and now raise your hands about your head. Now relax your shoulders blade down the back and try to lengthen your tailbone to the ground while reaching towards the sky with the crown of your head. After that with the wide hands, start exhale and lower down your arms and keeping your elbows straight. Now inhale your arms back above your head, after that exhale and lower down your arms all the way behind yourself without bending the elbows.
Now, you need to widen your hands on the strap to keep your elbows straight. If you are suffering from shoulder injury than do this exercise very carefully and go as far which safe for you, you should stay away and avoid putting tension on your shoulders.
Neck Circles for neck pain:-
You can do this neck exercise in sitting position or in standing position, in whichever position you feel comfortable. Now start lengthen your tail bone towards downside to engage with your lower belly portion and now lift your crown of head towards the sky. Now inhale deeply and when you going to exhale, you should slowly lower your chin to the chest.
Again inhale and start begin to circle your neck over your right shoulder, now continue with the left shoulder and with your chin towards your chest when exhale. Complete 5 or 6 of the circles slowly in both directions, you should go slowly and feel the stretch.
Cat and Cow Pose for neck pain:-
Move down to the floor in the position of cat or cow while you are suffering from the neck pain. Start from hands and knees. Now inhale deeply by lifting your chin and dropping your belly towards the floor while the back of your hips floats upside. Now on exhale, arch your back and drop your head and hips down to floor. Do 5 or 6 sets of this until you feel tired or loosening. Do not push, just follow your inhale and exhale.
Thread the Needle for neck pain:-
Sit relaxed on chair or on floor and inhale, now reach your hand to up by opening your chest to right side. Now when you exhale, reach your right arm under your left arm like you threading the needle. After that, bring your shoulder and cheek to the ground. Than take 5 to 10 deep breathe and come back to normal position.
Child’s Pose for neck pain:-
While sitting with folded legs under you, let your knees fall open while your toes touching, and fold over till your forehead did not touch the floor/ground. Now breathe into your upper side of your back. Your arms can either be in stretch position over your head or can be by your side. Stay in that position for several breathed and stay relax. Now try to keep your butt on your heels but try to avoid the push.
Now on inhale, you can rise up from the child position. After that cross your legs, now inhale and lift the right arm over from your head. And exhale, and place the right hand on the head, and start gently stretch your head downside towards the right shoulder. Now start breathing and stay in relax position. Try to release if you feel any clenching. Again inhale and release after that switch the cross of your legs and repeat the same on to your left side. Start clasping both of your hands behind your head and gently press the head forwarded.
After you complete this stretch of both of the side’s then inhale both arms towards upside over your head, then exhale again and bringing the right hand to the left knee and placing the left hand on the floor behind yourself. Hold this position for 5 to 7 breaths and then inhale the arms over the head and repeat this on the other side.
Leg up the Wall Pose for neck pain:-
For this stretching exercise you have to move towards wall and lay back with your legs towards upside on the wall. If you need support for this stretching exercise then you can roll some blanket or some sheet on your backside or you can place under your hips. If you want to place then can place blanket down under the middle of your back to open the front side of your body. Your arms should be come out in the the position of T. after that stay in this posture from time between 30 seconds to 300 seconds. In whichever time you feel comfortable.
This stretching exercise for neck pain is called restorative pose and by doing this you will definitely feel better. By taking the support from floor just take breathe easily and relax. If some thoughts come in your mind while doing this exercise, just acknowledge them and let the thoughts go. You should keep breathing into your tight spots of the body, now trying to loosen any grasping or clenching. You can do this pose anytime in empty stomach or before or after 2 hours eating food by itself anytime when you need to reduce the stress level and want to stay calm.
Neck Pain Exercises to Practice While Sitting:-
Using computer, laptop, mobile, books for long time may give you pleasure for sometime but seriously it can kill your neck by giving immense pain. The healthiest and easy to do these works is by sitting in straight neck posture. Your neck should be in the position of 90 degree with the thighs.
You know the bent forward formation is known as flexion which most commonly adopted while using the things which are written in above paragraph. The level of your computer, laptop, mobile, books must be straight in the 90 degree angle of your head/neck. By doing this you can save your neck from immense pain and work for long time.
Exercises for Neck Pain While Standing:-
While walking down the street or some other place, your neck should in the straight 90 degree position, you can do this while sitting too. There are lots of people those adopted a slight hunch while sitting and spending many hours during the working time. You should reverse the hunch while walking to make sure to keep your spine in straight position and you’re in neutral position.
Preventing Neck Pain from Sleeping:-
While sleeping your neck posture is very important and it would be in comfortable position. But unfortunately while sleeping it is very difficult to control your sleeping posture and your neck posture. You can use supportive pillow to avoid any type of neck pain after sleeping.
According to Harvard Health Publications, the best way to sleep is on the side or on the back of your body. If you are sleeping on the backside and want to try to support the spinal curve of the neck than you can try using rounded pillow and flatter pillow for the head support.
Those pillows which are filled with feather or made of memory foam are healthier because these pillows support the unique contour of your head and neck.
So friends, these were the tips to come out of the neck pain easily by doing stretching exercises. I am sure it will help you a lot, do not hesitate to share with your friends and family members.