Nothing puts a damper on your day like having a stiff or sore neck, sometimes to the point where you can’t look over your shoulder to drive or you have to go to bed with an excruciating tension headache.
Something as innocent as cradling a phone or sleeping the wrong way can cause neck pain, or you might have a more serious issue like a sports injury or whiplash. The neck isn’t something to mess around with, so if you suspect something serious please see your medical professional. But, if you need to work out some kinks or relieve tension caused by stress, this five-minute video can help.
Some of the stretches come from my yoga practice, and some come from time spent with a physical therapist after I received a bad whiplash in a high-speed Autobahn collision. The movements come together in a nice routine that you can do on the yoga mat, in the shower, or at your desk.
Do you have a favorite stretch to ease neck pain?
Kimberly exchanged an office with a view for a life of adventure when she became a military spouse in 2001 and a mom in 2004. Since then, she has been teaching military spouses how to create rich lives through fitness, healthy eating, travel, and creativity. She is the operations director of InDependent, managing editor of Legacy Magazine, an experienced registered yoga teacher, and a lifelong vegetarian who can often be found traveling off the beaten path with her husband, daughter, and miniature poodle.