Neck stretches promote joint flexibility, preserve or expand range of motion, and can ultimately offer neck pain relief. Patients should perform neck stretching every day and some neck stretches provide better results if performed twice a day.
Poor posture and inelasticity in the cervical joints are two reasons for mild to moderate neck pain. Leaning your head and shoulders forward causes specific muscles to shorten and then tighten. Over time, this posture perpetuates the very causes of neck pain.
Physicians and physical therapists recommend two basic stretches for neck pain relief – the corner stretch and the levator scapula stretch. Both of these neck stretches can be performed at your home and office as you loosen and strengthen joint and muscles on the way to neck pain relief.