Neck pain is one of the most common and frustrating aches we all face. Whether it’s caused by not having the best pillows, constantly looking down at your phone or computer screen, or any other culprit, the simple stretches below will nix the ouches ASAP.
Take a look to see how you can kiss neck pain goodbye for good!
Side Neck Stretch
This simple move stretches out the sternocleidomastoid muscles on the sides of the neck.
To do: Sitting with your back straight, wrap your right arm over your head so your right palm rests above your left ear. Keeping your right elbow pointed down, slowly pull your head sideways toward the right. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the other side. Repeat as needed.
This stretch targets the trapezius and serratus posterior muscles on the back of the neck.
To do: Grip the back of your head with both hands. Gently push your head down, trying to bring your chin to the center of your chest. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat throughout the day as needed.
Chin Press Chest Opener
This stretch targets the chest, trapezius muscles in the back, and the muscles at the base of the skull.
To do: Stand up straight and clasp your hands behind your back. Pull your hands toward the floor, rolling your chest up and your chin out as far as you can. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat throughout the day as needed.
Try these the next time your neck pain flares up and you’ll feel better in no time.
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.