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|Exercises for the Neck|
Neck pain is often caused by weak muscles in the front and tight, overactive muscles in the back of the neck. Doing daily strengthening and stretching exercises can be helpful in preventing neck pain. Try the following exercises:
Lie flat on your back. Tuck your chin to chest and raise your head no more than an inch off the floor or bed. Hold this position until your muscles are tired (they may shake). Do this exercise three times, once or twice per day.
In a standing or sitting position, with your neck erect and tall, keep your chin level and jut your head forward. Then, drop your chin to your neck. Place your hands on the back of your head to gently encourage a stretch of the muscles at the back of the neck. Hold this position for several seconds. Do this exercise three to fives times, as much as once an hour, every day.
Looking straight ahead, tilt your head to one shoulder.With the same-side hand, gently pull your head toward your shoulder. Hold the stretch for several seconds. Repeat on the opposite side. Do this exercise three to five times on each side, as often as once an hour, every day.
There is a feeling of hoplessness after a car accident like mine. I was sitting at home just taking medication waiting to get better. I felt depressed and useless. The more I waited the worse I felt. It seemed like my doctors were beginning to not believe that I was still hurting and I felt limited. The first thing Dr. Klinger wanted me to do was to walk and become active again. With adjustments I was able to move better with less pain and heal well. I can't thank you and your office enough for all the help I got and all the benefit I received. I hope nobody has to go through this but if it happens go see Dr. K.
Nathan K / Antioch, CA
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