A stiff neck can happen to anyone at any time due to any
number of reasons: a pillow, quick movement of the neck, watching a game or TV
in an awkward position, texting, swimming, talking on the phone while holding
the phone up with your shoulder. Even done any of those things?! Of course, you have. You’re
not alone. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa sees many fellow West Des Moines stiff neck
sufferers and offers its West Des Moines chiropractic care
. West Des Moines
chiropractic care is gentle and safe for stiff neck relief, and some simple
exercise can help move the relief along a little more quickly.
A stiff neck from any of the above situations often involves
a strain to the muscles that connect the shoulder and cervical spine (neck). Your
West Des Moines chiropractor will examine you to check your
cervical spine’s range of motion and may well recommend some gentle neck
stretches to help those muscles relax as part of a complete
West Des Moines chiropractic treatment plan alongside gentle chiropractic
treatment in the form of Cox Technic. These two approaches go together well for pain relief!
The simplest way a West Des Moines stiff neck
patient can stretch irritated neck muscles is by using resistance; simple
hand resistance will do. First, just press your forehead forward into your hand
which is pushing back. This activates the neck muscles. Then release. Repeat
this pressing, resisting and releasing 10 times. Then, press the right side of
your head into your resisting right hand. Release. Repeat this 10 times. Do the
left side of your head into your resisting left hand in the same way. And
finally, press the back of your head into both resisting hands. Simple yet effective, these neck exercises in the style of proprioceptive
neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) really can help the stiff neck loosen.
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa shares how to do these and will check your progress at your
next West Des Moines chiropractic visit.
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa appreciates the confidence our
West Des Moines neck pain patients have in our recommendations and also appreciates
our patients who ask how these exercises work. Likely, the muscle is more
compliant after the range of motion increase and muscle resistance and
stiffness decrease provided by exercise like this. (1)
Contact Executive Chiropractic of Iowa about your stiff neck and how
chiropractic care benefits its care along with neck exercises. A stiff neck can
happen at any time so your West Des Moines chiropractor is ready to help
when that pillow or last text message got the better of your neck.
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