How do you stretch the side of your neck?

How do you stretch the side of your neck?

You can do this while seated or standing.

  1. Keep your head squarely over your shoulders and your back straight.
  2. Slowly turn your head to the right until you feel a stretch in the side of your neck and shoulder.
  3. Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds, and then slowly turn your head forward again.
  4. Repeat on your left side.

What muscles do side bends stretch?

The side stretch exercise stretches and strengthens the intercostal muscles. These are the muscles between the ribs. They help support the ribs.

What muscles side bend the neck?

This is neck flexion, and the anterior scalene acts in it. The other muscles involved include the sternocleidomastoid (it’s in everything!), longus capitis, and longus colli. Scalenes acting in neck flexion. Image from Muscle Premium.

Should you do neck rolls?

Elderly people and those predisposed to heart problems should be especially cautious because of possible clogged arteries. Also, rolling the head back during a neck circle puts maximum compression on the spine.

How do you relieve neck pain on one side?

You can try:

  1. taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.
  2. icing the injured area.
  3. applying heat to the neck or taking a warm bath.
  4. moving the neck gently from side to side.
  5. stretching your muscles gently.
  6. staying active despite the pain.
  7. getting someone to massage the area.
  8. practicing proper posture.

Can sleeping wrong hurt your neck?

But both your sleeping position and pillow can trigger a stiff, sore neck, and also lead to back pain and other types of pain. Research shows that sleeping problems may be at the root of up to 5 percent of new cases of chronic pain.

How do you massage a stiff neck?

Self-massage for neck pain

  1. Lower your shoulders away from your ears. Straighten your neck and back.
  2. Locate the painful areas on your neck. Press firmly with your fingers.
  3. Gently move your fingers in circular motions. Repeat in the opposite direction.
  4. Continue for 3 to 5 minutes.

Should you massage stiff neck?

Massaging can help reduce the tension in your muscles that may be making your neck stiff. There are massages you can do on yourself. However, we recommend asking a partner to massage your neck or visiting a professional for help. Having someone else massage your neck allows you to relax.

How do you fix a pulled neck muscle?

For minor, common causes of neck pain, try these simple remedies:

  1. Apply heat or ice to the painful area.
  2. Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  3. Keep moving, but avoid jerking or painful activities.
  4. Do slow range-of-motion exercises, up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear.


Andrey is a coach, sports writer and editor. He is mainly involved in weightlifting. He also edits and writes articles for the IronSet blog where he shares his experiences. Andrey knows everything from warm-up to hard workout.