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Effective neck pain massage

Here are some basic, simple, yet effective stretches for neck pain. Do them gently. Do not force. As soon as you feel a stretch, then that is as far as you need to go. For added effectiveness drape a hot pack around your neck for a few minutes before you do the stretches.

Head Turn

With hands hanging loosely by your side,turn your head slowly to look over your right shoulder. Hold for 5 breaths. Look over the other shoulder – hold.

Repeat 3 times.

Head to Shoulder

Keeping your shoulders down, tilt you head gently to the right shoulder. Feel the stretch on the left side and hold for 5 breaths.

Repeat to the other side.

The Smelly Armpit

Look slightly to the right. Gently take your head down towards the right nipple. Hold for 5 breaths.

Repeat to the other side

Pressure Points At Base of the Skull

This is my Number 1 technique for relieving neck pain.

Support your forehead with your left hand. Feel for the hollow in the centre at the base of your skull.

  1. Move to the right about  a thumb width to locate a ropey muscle. Push this point up towards the left eye. Hold for 5 breaths.
  2. Slide your thumb outward to feel an indentation Push up towards the left eye. Hold for 5 breaths.
  3. Slide your thumb outward to the indentation behind the earlobe. Push up towards the right eye. Hold for 5 breaths.

Repeat all the above on the other side of your skull.

NB: If at any time when pushing the pressure points, you start to feel as if a headache or nausea is about to come on, STOP IMMEDIATELY.

Who wants to give themselves a headache!!!!?

Look! It’s Superman

Tilt your head backward as far as you can in comfort. Gently open your mouth as you do so. Hold for 5 breaths.

Stop if you start to feel dizzy.

Regular use of these stretches will greatly help your reduce neck pain.

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