Three Neck Stretches That Work

 

Three neck stretches that work are those that stretch the major neck muscles. The major neck muscles are: the scalenes, levator scapulae and the sternocleidomastoid.  Because there are three major neck muscles, I suggest you stretch all three.

You want to stretch these muscles for the following reasons:

  1. You might sit too much which causes your neck to be in weird positions.
  2. Perhaps you stare at your mobile devices all day.
  3. When you exercise, you most likely neglect that part of your body.

Well, you can quickly solve those issues with my suggested neck stretches below.

Make these a part of your daily routine just like brushing your teeth or combing your hair!

Scalenes:

The scalene muscle helps to bring one side of your head down toward your shoulder. To stretch this muscle, you would do the following:

  1. Rotate the right side of the shoulder down and back.
  2. Externally rotate your right hand.
  3. Drop head over toward left shoulder.
  4. When you feel first point of tension, hold the stretch for 30-60 seconds.
  5. Repeat on the other side.

Here’s a video showing you to do this neck stretch.

Levator Scapulae

The levator scapulae helps to lift your shoulders and is located toward the back of your neck. To stretch this muscle, you would do the following:

  1. Rotate the right side of the shoulder down and back.
  2. Look the left about 45 degrees.
  3. Drop your chin toward your left shoulder and try to touch your collarbone.
  4. When you feel first point of tension, hold the stretch for 30-60 seconds.
  5. Repeat on the other side.

Here’s a stretch showing you how to do this neck stretch.

Sternocleidomastoid

The sternocleidomastoid helps to lift your shoulders and is located in the front of your neck. To stretch this muscle, you would do the following:

  1. Place your right arm behind your back.
  2. Tilt your head toward the opposite shoulder.
  3. Gentle rotate you head to look up and behind your right shoulder.
  4. When you feel first point of tension, hold the stretch for 30-60 seconds.
  5. Repeat on the other side.

Here’s a video showing you how to do this neck stretch.

Try these three neck stretches in the morning and at night. If your day allows you to, I suggest you do these stretches at work too!

These neck positions may seem weird, but, your neck will love you for it afterward!

Now, there are a few advanced things you should do, but, this is a good start for your neck.

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