Can you turn your head to look at each corner of the room without moving the rest of your body? Or without any neck restrictions?
These days we do a lot of sitting in front of computers and there’s now a thing called “text neck”. It’s a stiff neck caused by prolonged periods of time stuck in the same position. Something we’re all guilty of. But it can be helped. Read on…
It’s been found that taking breaks and moving your neck and spine can help keep the neck mobile and pain free. And something to remember is ‘Good posture’ isn’t being able to sit up straight with your shoulders back and your chin tucked in. ‘Good posture is your next posture!’ i.e. movement.
So, in order to do this, we need to move more in to comfortable positions and take breaks from our busy lives behind the screen.
Try out these stretches and exercises to improve your neck health.
3-way neck stretch and strengthening – lift right hand over head placing hand to ear, gently pull ear to shoulder while gently resisting with neck muscles, and rotate to look up, then turn your nose down toward your armpit, then swap sides. Count for 10 seconds each stretch and do this 3-5 times.
Chin tucks. Try this whenever you’re sitting down, in the car or at your computer. Tuck your chin in and rolling your shoulders back and down (setting your shoulder blade), then relax. And repeat 5x. To improve this exercise further, get into a wall sit position knee and hips at 90 degrees and try the same exercise. Do this 5x and hold up to 20 seconds, then relax.
Give them a try for a week and see if you feel the difference.