What You Should Know About Stretching Your Neck Muscles
Posted May 23 2010 8:58am
There are a variety of reasons why stretching your neck is good for your body. Whether it is before an exercise program, as part of a rehabilitation program, or simply a way to relax your body, stretching your neck muscles is highly beneficial. It helps to prevent injury or re-injury during and after workouts. However, if done incorrectly, stretching can do more harm than good. The following is a list of things to remember when doing your stretching routine:
1. Perform your stretches slowly, and fluidly. Don’t jerk your muscles.
2. Hold each stretch for 10-20 seconds.
3. Perform each stretch 3-5 times.
4. Stretch until you feel a pulling sensation in the neck muscle you’re targeting. Do not push yourself to the point you feel burning, tearing, or pain of any kind.
5. Stop immediately if you do feel any neck pain.
6. If you are unsure about a stretch, ask your doctor for a demonstration to make sure you are doing it correctly.
Stretching is a great way to keep your muscles safe and relaxed before and after a workout, while on the computer at home or at work, during a break from a long drive, even a stressful situation. It’s also a great way to warm up your body after first waking up. However, it’s important to always make sure you are taking your time and performing each neck stretch correctly so you won’t injure yourself.
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