Stretches to Ease Neck Aches and Fatigue

Stretches to Ease Neck Aches and Fatigue

The following exercises should cause you to feel a gentle stretch,
but no pain.

Neck stretch

Neck stretch to ease neck aches and fatigue
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  1. This stretch works best if you keep your
    shoulder down as you lean away from it. To help you remember to do this, start
    by relaxing your shoulders and lightly holding on to your thighs or your
    chair.
  2. Tilt your head toward your shoulder and hold for 15 to 30
    seconds.
  3. If you would like a little added stretch, use your hand to
    gently and steadily pull your head toward your shoulder. For example, keeping
    your right shoulder down, lean your head to the left. Let the weight of your
    head stretch your muscles, or use your left hand to pull gently down on your
    head.
  4. Repeat 2 to 4 times toward each shoulder.

Diagonal neck stretch

Diagonal neck stretch to ease neck aches and fatigue
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  1. Turn your head slightly toward the direction
    you will be stretching, and tilt your head diagonally toward your chest and
    hold for 15 to 30 seconds.
  2. If you would like a little added
    stretch, use your hand to gently and steadily pull your head forward on the
    diagonal.
  3. Repeat 2 to 4 times toward each side.

ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical Reviewer Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

Current as ofNovember 29, 2017

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