Effective Neck Stretches
Even if you are not an athlete, stretching is a great way to relieve stiff muscles and improve mobility. Stretching gives muscles and ligaments the opportunity to work in a controlled setting where blood flow can be improved. As a result, you may see a quick reduction in stiffness or discomfort.
The neck contains dozens of muscles and ligaments. The following stretches will help some of this tissue to see fast benefits.
- Shoulder shrugs – With your arms hanging at your sides, shrug your shoulders up and down in a controlled motion.
- Shoulder stretch – With your arms at your sides, try to press your shoulders back. You’ll feel the stretch between your shoulder blades and in your lower neck area.
- Neck Stretch – With your arms at your sides, let shoulders relax as much as possible. Then tilt your head to one side as far as you can comfortably. Next try the other side. Tilting right will stretch the left side of your neck and vice versa.
Your Upper Cervical Neck
Now that you have a few quick fixes for neck stiffness, we also want to encourage anyone who is experiencing neck pain to come on in and see us at Living Well Chiropractic to get an examination. The goal will be to ensure that the top two vertebrae in your neck are in proper alignment. Alignment here is vital for total body health as it can affect everything from blood and spinal fluid flow to pressure on the brainstem.
Even just a ¼ mm misalignment can cause central nervous system issues. These can display themselves as a variety of symptoms. We use the NUCCA technique to correct such misalignments so that symptoms can be reduced and damage can be repaired naturally.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/