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What kind of exercise I can do to stretch my neck?

What kind of exercise I can do to stretch my neck?

Range of motion: Gentle range of motion is usually the very best way to stretch your neck. You want to be very careful with any neck exercises in general - particularly if you are suffering from an injury or have any issues with your neck/spine. Slow rolling/nodding/turning are usually the best ways to loosen up! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Can doing neck stretches or exercise lead to a broken neck?

Can doing neck stretches or exercise lead to a broken neck?

Unlikely unless: There is an underlying problem creating a weakness of the bone like parathyroid or thyroid issues, kidney issues, an underlying tumor in the bone, dietary issues or malabsorption problems to name a few. If otherwise healthy, there should be no issues with typical exercise routines. ...Read more

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Can chronic myofascial pain on neck/face unilateral be cured if you exercise stretch muscles and watch posture?

Can chronic myofascial pain on neck/face unilateral be cured if you exercise stretch muscles and watch posture?

Exercise is importan: Exercise is important. You need a evalauiton with a rheuamtologist to see if this is fibromyalgia. Exercise, quality sleep and stress reduciton will help. You need to discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Muscle spasms and neck pain. I went to the doctor and they told me this. Any exercise and stretch suggestions?

Muscle spasms and neck pain. I went to the doctor and they told me this. Any exercise and stretch suggestions?

Physical therapy: Your doctor should be able to give you a referral to a physical therapist in your area. The therapist can help you develop a home exercise routine that will help treat your neck pain. ...Read more

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Can exercise shorten your neck?

Can exercise shorten your neck?

No: The neck is composed of 7 vertebra. They don't lengthen or shorten. Perception of a short neck is from added muscle mass or adipose tissue in obese people. If you are exercising to build a lot of muscle, it might appear as if the the neck shortens. On the other hand, if you are exercising to lose weight, it may appear as if your neck will lengthen. ...Read more

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What's the best exercise to strengthen neck?

What's the best exercise to strengthen neck?

Be careful: Be careful with neck strengthening as they can make neck problems worse. Working with a pt or trainer who is trained on this area of the body can be very beneficial. Resisted motion using a towel (bending forward, backward, to each side) can be used - trainers know how much tension to put on the towel. Rolling the neck is almost never a good thing - alwas return to neural before bending again. ...Read more

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Neck fusion pain. What kind of exercise can I do?

Neck fusion pain. What kind of exercise can I do?

Depends on surgery: Talk to you doctor and your pt team. If he or they are not available just do some simple stretching, heat and massage. Not knowing exactly what type of fusion was performed. You maybe real restrictions! Good luck. See my other post on muscles, myofascial release therapy and acupuncture. ...Read more

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What are good back and neck stretches to do at home?

What are good back and neck stretches to do at home?

Slow & steady & safe: Neck tightness can be slowly and carefully remedied by gently rotating the neck trying to tough your chin to each shoulder, bending the neck sideways to have the ears touch the shoulders and bending forward with chin toward chest and backward with chin toward the sky. ...Read more

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What are some good neck stretches to relieve tension?

What are some good neck stretches to relieve tension?

Neck stretching: Try the horsey, gradually raising your head all the way up and then down like a horse and the turtle, . Make your chin move all the the way back and then all the way forward holding each place about 3 seconds. ...Read more

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Can doing neck stretches or exercises break your neck?

Can doing neck stretches or exercises break your neck?

No: Proper stretching and exercise can actually prevent neck pain if done correctly. See a licensed physical therapist or personal trainer to learn proper technique. ...Read more

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Could doing neck stretches or exercises break your neck?

Could doing neck stretches or exercises break your neck?

Unlikely: It is generally good for your neck to stretching and exercises. The only way it could be a danger is if you have some rare pre-existing condition such as a collagen disorder or loss of bone density (rare in a 30 year old). ...Read more

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I was stretching and my neck popped. What does that mean?

I was stretching and my neck popped. What does that mean?

Cannot say: Without an exam, I can only give general information. Popping can mean many things:
there is the pop from bubbles popping out of a joint. Generally feels good, no pain, and has zero significance.
There is repeated popping from rough tendons rubbing.
There is popping from a structure ripping. There is severe pain with that.
cannot say in your particular case, but generally, its the minor one. ...Read more

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Does doing neck stretches or exercises risk breaking your neck?

Does doing neck stretches or exercises risk breaking your neck?

Neck: No, stretching and exercise can not break your neck, but they can aggravate neck pain in some cases. ...Read more

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My neck is longer than the normal people. Are there any ways to shorten it? Exercise or?

Accept who you are: No, there is nothing to make it shorter. Some other people are complaining that their necks are too short and they want to make them longer. The point is that
the grass on the other side is always greener. Try to accept the difference--embrace yourself and accept who you are. Your family and friends love you for who you are-does not matter how long your neck is. But what matters is how kind you're. ...Read more

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I have a lot of neck and back discomfort lately & a constant urge to stretch resulting in little relief. What could this be?

I have a lot of neck and back discomfort lately & a constant urge to stretch resulting in little relief. What could this be?

Back and neck pain.: At your age 27y its probably due to bad posture and lack of core muscle strength and lack of exercise. It can also be due to early osteoarthritis is you were a football player and received a lot of trauma. Try going to the gym doing some stretching exercises and strengthen your back. If you are doing that pop in to see a doc about it thanks ...Read more

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I stretch my neck and body. It seems that my neck is getting longer which is adding to my height. Is this possible? I am done growing taller. Am 28.

I stretch my neck and body. It seems that my neck is getting longer which is adding to my height. Is this possible? I am done growing taller. Am 28.

Mm difference: Every day our spine compresses a few mm which stretch out again when we become horizontal again. I suppose it might be possible to stretch a few mm more with exercises, but very loittle ...Read more

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Is too much neck stretching possible?

Is too much neck stretching possible?

Yes: Too much of anything including stretching can be harmful. I recommend stretching exercises a lot however there are some people who are a bit too flexible and risk damage to their joints if they overstretch. Most people have the opposite problem; they are too inflexible. ...Read more

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Where can I get neck stretching done?

Where can I get neck stretching done?

Neck strething: Try websites like webmd or healthline first for basics. Avoid chiropractors (risk of permanent or lethal outcome).

If you want a professional opinion, go see a physical therapist with training specifically in cervical manipulation. Not all are qualified. ...Read more

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