Neck pain is a very common problem and it has numerous treatments. These include applying a heating pad so that stiff muscles and joints can be stretched more easily and applying a cold pack to reduce inflammation in the joints and muscles. Medications are also often prescribed such as ibuprofen to reduce mild pain and anti-inflammatory medications to manage severe pain. However, here are various neck exercises, which can be done to reduce severe as well as moderate pain.
- Neck Stretches: Many times stiffness is what is responsible for pain in the neck. However, if proper neck stretching is done every day it can preserve the range of motion your neck is supposed to go through and this allows the cervical joints to become more elastic. Sometimes neck stretching can even expand your neck’s range of motion. It must be noted that some exercises need to be done several times in a day though.
- Neck Strengthening: These strengthening exercise are meant to correct bad neck posture. These will lessen or eliminate flare-ups of pain in the neck. These should be done only on alternate days as this gives the muscles time to repair themselves.
- Aerobic Conditioning: This is yet another type of exercise which helps strengthen the neck. These help loosen the muscles and increase the individual’s range of motion by increasing blood flow to the neck as well as the upper back. Yet another reason why aerobic conditioning is so important is because endorphin’s get produced after 30 to 40 minutes of exercise. Endorphin’s act as the body’s natural painkiller. These can be done on a daily basis and are very easy to perform. Treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines and arm bikes are just some of many ways to perform aerobic exercises which help reduce neck pain.