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Monday Move: Neck Stretching to Reduce Stiffness and Headaches

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, November 28, 2016

When it gets cold outside we start to bundle up…but we also stiffen up! How many times in the past couple of weeks, as the temperature has dropped, have you noticed yourself clenching your neck and shoulders to stay warm? Cold weather, pent up holiday stress, and extra layers can cause excessive stiffness, which leads to injury in the joints and headaches referred from neck pain. Stretch your neck and shrug your shoulders to keep the upper body loose and limber.  After all, we all want to shake our heads yes and no without any difficulty this holiday season :)  

Perform 15 shoulder shrugs, 15 shoulder circles going “backwards,” and finally hold your neck off to one side for 5 full breaths, reaching the opposite arm to the floor -  or holding a bench for counter-leverage to get your head and neck loose and pain-free.  

Enjoy, I hope everyone discarded their turkey neck on Thursday and enjoyed the family festivities.  

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