Stretches to Prevent Neck Pain


The following stretches are for all the muscles that surround you cervial (neck) spine.  Tightness in these muscles contributes to misalignment and improper motion in the neck as well as neck pain and headaches.

Neck Pain

Only stretch your neck in one direction at a time.  Avoid rolling the head in a circle through all the motions to stretch.  This can lead to irritation of the joints in your neck. 

All of these stretches should be held for 20-30 seconds on both sides (where applicable) and done 2-3 times.  These should be performed at least 2-3 times a day. 

If you spend long periods of time at a desk or in fromt of a computer, we would recommend doing these as many times per day as possible.  

To get a deeper stretch GENTLY put pressure on the head with your hand in the direction of the stretch. 

Be sure to maintain good posture while doing these stretches.

CAUTION:  If you get dizzy or nauseous, return to a neutral position and discontinue these stretches.