In this video, I wanted to share a quick exercise that you can do to strengthen your neck.
Neck pain is a common issue that a lot of people have. If you look back in your life, there has probably been a time that you have woken up with a kink in your neck. Or you have been text messaging a lot or watching way too much TV and it has irritated your neck.
Here’s an excellent exercise that you can do anywhere that will allow you to strengthen your neck and decrease the risk of getting neck pain.
Exercise To Strengthen Your Neck
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Lie down length-wise on a foam roller. If you don’t have a foam roller, lie down on anything that you can bring your head off of. The foam roller works well because it is easy to get on it and you are not that far off the ground.
Place your head and the rest of your spine on the foam roller. Take one arm and put it underneath your head. Move up so that your head hangs off a little bit more. Support your head with your hand so that your head is in line with the rest of your body, and your hand is holding your neck up.
We want to activate those deep neck muscles. Slowly decrease how much help that your hand is providing. Decrease it by approximately 25% so that you are using 75% from your hand and 25% from your neck muscles. Hold for two seconds and then fully support your head again. Relax and give your muscles a chance to recover, and then go through the exercise again. Decrease how much help that your hand provides, moving from 25%, to 50%, to 75%, to eventually fully bringing that hand away.
I recommend holding the end position for two seconds, starting off with 5 repetitions. Try to really work on those deep neck muscles, as opposed to the surface muscles when it comes to the exercise.
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Rick Kaselj, MS