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Will neck stretching exercises actually work?

Will neck stretching exercises actually work?

Absolutely: Movement and stretching is very useful to help disorders of the neck and spine. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Neck Stretching (Definition)

The term stretching refers to application of force to a muscle to lengthen it beyond its normal resting rate. Stretching can be done to increase range of motion and to decrease risk of injury. Neck stretching would refer to stretching the muscles ...Read more


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What neck stretching exercises are good for you?

What neck stretching exercises are good for you?

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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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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Can you break your neck stretching it to far?

See below: While it is difficult to actually "break" your neck by stretching you should follow this rule. Any stretch that causes pain for you is too much. Distinguish between the feeling of a good stretch and a stretch that is causeing pain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Neck stretching?

What is the definition or description of: Neck stretching?

See below: The term stretching refers to application of force to a muscle to lengthen it beyond its normal resting rate. Stretching can be done to increase range of motion and to decrease risk of injury. Neck stretching would refer to stretching the muscles in the cervical region. ...Read more

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Can you break your neck stretching to far back or to the side?

Can you break your neck stretching to far back or to the side?

Are you trying?: Not without help. You'd have to really try yourself and the strength of the neck muscles alone is not sufficient.

We generally recommend against attempts nonetheless as physicians. ...Read more

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Is neck stretching possible with yoga?

Is neck stretching possible with yoga?

Yes: There are many asanas (position) that help align the spine. Over time, people who practice regularly, feel they are taller and may have "grown" a half an inch due to the back and neck stretch. Most of us as we age, compress our spine and feel shorter. ...Read more

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Where can I get one of those neck stretching machine?

Where can I get one of those neck stretching machine?

Pronex: Pronex® pneumatic cervical traction device - works better - covered by insurance with http://empi. Com. ...Read more

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For a 54 year old woman who's 52kg or 115lbs, what weight is suitable for neck traction and what weight for lumbar traction?

For a 54 year old woman who's 52kg or 115lbs, what weight is suitable for neck traction and what weight for lumbar traction?

Weight not a factor: The issue is not the traction but the cause of the problem to start with. Neck and back spondylosis is a result of ligament damage and prolotherapy is the cure. Visit www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org for information and to find a doctor. To help you. ...Read more

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Have cervical spondylosis. Did neck traction 3 times, started at mininum weight n increase 1kg every time. Now feel tension at throat. Is it related?

Have cervical spondylosis. Did neck traction 3 times, started at mininum weight n increase 1kg every time. Now feel tension at throat. Is it related?

Unlikely anything: Is happening other than there are front or anterior neck muscles that may be strained from the traction to explain your symptoms. If it persists or worsens, get checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take to see the effect of stretching exercises for stiff neck?

How long does it take to see the effect of stretching exercises for stiff neck?

STIFF NECK: Exercises to relieve sore neck can take about a week without the help of muscle relaxant, hot compresses and rest of involved cervical musculature. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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How would begin stretching my stiff neck?

How would begin stretching my stiff neck?

See PT, physiatrist: If the neck is really stiff or limited rom, it is wise for someone to see a provider in physical medicine before undertaking a new exercise regimen, yoga classes, etc. Perhaps a call to a primary care provider can result in a referral to the correct person. ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain in my neck after stretching?

What can I do for this pain in my neck after stretching?

See Doctor: First try nsaids like ibuprofen, aleve and you can even add some tylenol (acetaminophen) to help with pain. Ice the area for 20 min at a time and see if these help reduce the pain. If this persists longer than a few days, consider seeing your doctor for stronger medications to help. Typically most people get better within a few weeks of an injury. If not better consider further imaging studies to evaluate. ...Read more

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What should I do? I have pain in my neck after stretching?

What should I do? I have pain in my neck after stretching?

See Doctor: First try nsaids like ibuprofen, aleve and you can even add some tylenol (acetaminophen) to help with pain. Ice the area for 20 min at a time and see if these help reduce the pain. If this persists longer than a few days, consider seeing your doctor for stronger medications to help. Typically most people get better within a few weeks of an injury. If not better consider further imaging studies to evaluate. ...Read more

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How is neck cracking any more dangerous than just stretching your neck?

How is neck cracking any more dangerous than just stretching your neck?

No pain, no problem: Cracking of your joints including the neck/back has not been shown to have any ill effect as long as in doing so it is not causing you any pain. If you have significant pain/stiffness that is adversely affecting your life/work/sleep etc...Consult your doc for an evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Whenever I lift weights I get a pain in my neck can this be stretching?

Whenever I lift weights I get a pain in my neck can this be stretching?

Platysma: You are lifting too much weight and grimacing and straining your platysma muscle under your chin. Back off on the weight. ...Read more

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Will stretching often increase height? I seem to lose some height from morning to night. I feel my neck got longer only.

Will stretching often increase height? I seem to lose some height from morning to night. I feel my neck got longer only.

Growth: Most girls skeletal growth is finished by 16 yrs and most boys by 18 years. People slouch and they can improve their posture. If you want to call that growth then so be it but most doctors would not, they would just say that your standing up straight. If you had surgically correctable scoliosis then that would lengthen your spinal column. ...Read more

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I have regular neck pains on my left, probably from gym. I have tried stretching and exercising the neck to no avail. Any suggestions?

I have regular neck pains on my left, probably from gym. I have tried stretching and exercising the neck to no avail. Any suggestions?

OTCs and rest: If you feel that you have a muscular strain to your neck you can try Ibuprofen 800 mg every 6-8 hours, use IcyHot with lidocaine for topical application also should help with your strain. Be sure you have no allergies to the above listed medications before using them. This would be suggested in an otherwise healthy 34 year old male. ...Read more

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How could one end up with neck pain after stretching?

How could one end up with neck pain after stretching?

Depends: Depend on how you are stretching and what is the cause of the underlying neck pain in the first place. Listen to your body. If it hurts to do something, stop. Your bady is telling you something is wrong. Get an exam from your doc to see if you have an issue underneath and make sure you are doing things correctly. ...Read more

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I have neck tension and stiffness from anxiety. Should I try stretching my neck?

I have neck tension and stiffness from anxiety. Should I try stretching my neck?

You should: You should do what it takes to relieve anxiety. However it is best to be seen by your physician and get the appropriate treatments for your anxiety. ...Read more