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The body is a complex machine and parts of it ache and throb on a semi-regular basis, depending
on what you’ve been doing or how strenuously you’ve been doing it. Neck and shoulder pain
is particularly troublesome and it’s best to try to relieve the discomfort as quickly as you can
through simple exercises. If the pain is severe and won’t go away, however, you might need some
braces or neck supports to get you through. Visit a supplier such as Optomo to see what neck and shoulder
supports might be suitable.
Of course, a pain in these areas is mostly due to the stress and tension you experience at work or
during other day-to-day activities. And like most problems with simple beginnings, the solutions are
just as simple – in this case, a few easy to complete exercises and stretches. Let’s look at five ways
you can relieve the tension in your neck and shoulder areas.
Give the Neck a Workout
The neck and shoulders work all day, holding your head in place and keeping you upright as you go
about your day. But, unlike legs, arms and other body parts, they seldom get a good workout. Here’s
a stretch you should do before leaving home. Lie stomach down on the floor, legs apart with your
toes pushed into the carpet. With your arms stretched behind you, lift your neck and shoulders up
until you feel pressure and then hold. Repeat a few times until you feel uncomfortable.
You can do this anytime during the day you feel tension. With your arms stretched out in front, cross
them at the elbows. Then slowly bring your crossed arms over your head, stretching the muscles in
your neck and upper back. Move slightly from side to side to extend the stretch.
Neck helps Shoulders
Working the neck can in turn relieve tension in the shoulders. Bring your right ear down until it
touches your right shoulder. Then slowly turn your head to look over your shoulder. Hold for a few
seconds and repeat with the left side. You’ll automatically feel the benefits in the neck, but it helps
your shoulders too.
If you feel a bit of pain and tension creeping into you neck and shoulder region but you’re stuck
at your desk, there’s no need to go anywhere. Here is an exercise that provides a little relief while
sitting on your office chair. Grab the sides of your seat and press down into your hands. Then gently
light your hips and bottom a few centimeters from the chair and hold. Do this a few times and you’ll
soon feel the benefits in your shoulders.
Watch your Posture
A great many of our neck and shoulder problems come about because we don’t stand properly and
allow ourselves to slump. As someone wise once said, our shoulders are not accessories for our ears.
Why, then do we let our shoulders drift skywards, putting unnecessary pressure on our upper back
and neck? Keep your back straight and shoulders back and you’ll feel better for it.
Try these simple stress-relief suggestions first, but if the pain and discomfort persists, do not
hesitate to seek medical advice.