Sit tall in a chair, reach your right hand over your head, and place it right above your left ear. From here, gently and slowly pull your right ear toward your right shoulder, feeling a stretch in the left side of your neck. Focus on relaxing and dropping your left shoulder as you do so. Breathe slowly and deeply, holding the stretch for 30 seconds. Repeat on the opposite side.
You’ll feel some relief immediately, but the best results come with a regular stretching practice. Perform this stretch every day. and even up to two or three times per day if you’re feeling particularly tight.
And if you continue to have neck pain that lasts longer than a few weeks, check in with your doctor.
Source: Silver Sneakers Newsletter 2-12-2018 by K. Aleisha Fetters and Dr. Michael Silverman, P.T., director of rehabilitation and wellness at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York
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