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Treat Stiff Neck, Headache, and Shoulder Pain

Updated on June 26, 2019
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Most neck exercises can be performed while seated or standing unless otherwise directed.

Proper Posture

Neck, head, and shoulder pain occur because of poor posture. Having poor posture puts a tremendous amount of strain on the neck. The strain causes not only neck pain but headaches and shoulder pain.

Poor posture occurs after the body develops bad habits while sitting and standing. The bad habits over the years include leaning into the computer, hunched over your device, or not sitting up straight.

Rarely is neck pain an indication of a condition you need to be concerned. If you are worried, you can seek treatment or advice from a chiropractor or medical doctor.

Saved until the end of the article is the best neck exercise using the Pro-Lordotic Neck Exerciser. From personal experience, you will get back the natural curve of your neck, which means comfort.

“By taking good care of your posture now, you will enjoy and savor lifelong health benefits and beauty.”

— Cindy Ann Peterson, My Style, My Way: Top Experts Reveal How to Create Yours Today

Neck, Head, and Shoulders

Whether your neck is stiff now or not or you have a headache, or anytime for that matter, take the time to think about your neck. You need to take care of it now, so it remains fit up into your Golden years. Knowing how your head rests on your neck, and the neck rests on your shoulders helps you keep your head, neck, and shoulders in good condition.

The muscles of the neck can rotate and flex the neck backward and forwards in addition to side to side. Even when you turn your head, your neck muscles do all the work to support your head. You take care of your neck. It will take care of you, and you will have fewer headaches and shoulder pain.

Start by understanding that exercising the neck and using proper form relieves stiffness and loosens the neck muscles, so the tendons and nerves become stimulated. The neck exercises described later can be performed while seated or standing unless otherwise directed.

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Neck Exercise

Perform this neck exercise first.

It is simple and can be done throughout the day to help keep the kinks from forming in the neck.

Study the above picture before performing the exercise. You use both hands for this exercise, but when pushing on the side of the head use one hand. Resist any movement of your head by isometrically contracting (contracting the muscle as it remains immobile) your neck muscles. By doing this exercise, you strengthen your neck muscles with minimal risk of injury.

  1. Relax your body, so you are not intense but stable.
  2. Place your head and neck in a neutral position but not slouched.
  3. Place your left hand on the left side of your head and gently push for 15 seconds.
  4. Repeat with your right hand on the right side of your head.
  5. You can even perform this simple exercise on the front and back of the head.

Towel Stretch With a Partner

Perform the exercise with a workout partner, so you achieve a balanced stretch while using the towel. Make sure you use a medium sized towel and fold it length-wise several times until you have a two-inch width. If you are unable to reach your chin at the first try, don`t worry. You will get better as you do the stretch more often.

  1. Sit your body on a sturdy chair or bench. Then, lay the towel over the center of your forehead.
  2. Together with our partner standing from behind, have him hold each end of the towel applying even tension during the exercise.
  3. Slowly but surely push your head against the towel moving forward as you try to touch the chin to the chest.
  4. Perform the stretch in three sets at 12 to 15 repetitions, two to three times a week.

Neck Stretching Relieves Stress

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Neck Pain Prevention With Stretches & Exercises

Pro-Lordotic Neck Exerciser

My chiropractor highly recommended that I use the Pro-Lordotic Neck Exerciser (Pro-L Neck Exerciser or Pro-Posture Neck Exerciser) because I sit at my desk and write all day.

The Exerciser helps the neck achieve a rehabilitative stretch of the anterior cervical framework of the neck. The stretch from the Exerciser effectively works. It rehabilitates by stretching out the degenerated discs that are thinning, breaks–up scar tissue, and allows the neck area to absorb more blood and re-hydrate.

I use it to strengthen the deep muscles and bones of my neck, which helps improve the natural curve of the neck and lessen headaches, stiff neck, and chronic neck pain.

I use the Exerciser twice a day and feel relief from stiff neck and neck pain. Watch the video, and it will demonstrate how to use the Exerciser.

Avoid Injury

Throughout your life, remember how necessary it is that you strengthen your neck through stretches and exercises. You don't have to perform neck exercises as much as you do a full body workout. Full body workouts are more often than when you stretch and exercise the neck by itself.

Talk to your doctor or fitness instructor about stretching and keeping your neck healthy and in shape. It is the best way to avoid injury.

© 2015 Kenna McHugh

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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      4 years ago from Northern California

      I agree. Animals set a good example on when to stretch. My dog and cat stretch every morning. They stretch whenever the rise from a sitting or lying position.

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      peachy 

      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wake up in the morning, giving a good stretch for the neck is refreshing

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