A Quick Neck Warm Up
This week, we wanted to focus more on a few ways to keep yourself healthy, even if you can’t come into the office. This exercise will assist those who have neck pain and restrictive movements by giving them a way to relieve some of this built-up tension.
How to Complete the Stretch
- Turn your head to one side as far as you can on both sides, looking behind you.
- Repeat this movement until you can’t go any further with your head movement.
- Notice what you felt (tightness, tension, pain).
- Reach up and rub around the edge of both ears. Starting in the front and moving backwards.
- Turning your head while you are rubbing both ears about 45 seconds.
- Turn your head to both sides, notice how it feels after this exercise, and notice if you are able to move it further.
The purpose of this exercise is to engage the vagus nerve in the brainstem. We have talked about the usefulness of this nerve and how important it is to our body’s overall functioning. Stretching and allowing this nerve to function will be important in keeping your body healthy and keeping some of the negative body functions at bay.
If you have any questions, please look at our Resources page, or feel free to contact the office. We hope this information was useful for you.
Here’s To A Better Life,
Dr. Steve Puckette