Q&A: Stiff Neck

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Q: Lately I’ve noticed my neck seems stiff when I try to back up my car and turn to look right or left behind me. Are there any exercises that would limber it up?


A:
The easiest and gentlest approach is to begin what physical therapists call “active assisted range-of-motion exercises.” First, turn your head as far as you can to the right. Then, using your hands, gently move your head about one half inch farther and hold for a count of ten. Repeat in the other direction.

Now perform the same exercise again, this time looking up at the ceiling. Repeat looking down, working (again, gently) to move your chin to your chest. Then repeat all four steps two more times.

Do this every morning for a week and you should notice a big difference. This is an easy exercise to do at your desk.

If you like, you can add the services of a chiropractor or a physical therapist. This sort of treatment is definitely in their neck of the woods.

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