Neck (Cervical Spine) Muscle Stretch
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Chiropractic & Massage;
lawrence dieter, d.c.
Toro St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Promoting Health to the
left posterior neck stretch: Left
lateral neck stretch
model is demonstrating first the posterior cervical spine (neck) stretch and
then the Lateral "C" Spine stretch. (shown is the
stretch for the left posterior and lateral neck.) NOTE: SHE
IS NOT PULLING ON HER NECK, GRAVITY IS THE ONLY FORCE ACTING ON THIS STRETCH!! AS
WITH ALL STRETCHES AND ESPECIALLY THIS STRETCH, YOU TAKE THE MUSCLE TO
END-RANGE (when you start to feel a
pull) AND HOLD IT THERE FOR 20 SECONDS. It is not how hard you stretch,
it is how
often you stretch.
A more conservative form of this stretch is to simply bow your head
then turn to one side without the additional weight of the arm as shown
here. A great time to do this
stretch is the last 2 minutes of a shower, with the warm water running
over the stretching muscles.
Lastly, try Grabbing the bottom of your chair and leaning your
body/neck in the opposite direction for 15-20 seconds. a great little break
from your computer.
Question: Why is it when I am having
neck pain and I pick up my child, that I aggravate my neck pain?
Answer: Your arms are attached to your scapula
(shoulder blade) and your scapula literally floats in muscle, with the exception
3 ligaments and 1 joint (the clavicle or collar bone). 15 muscles attach
the scapula to your upper torso and several of these connect to multiple levels
in the cervical spine. So when you pick up something substantial
like your child, these muscles are pulling on your neck.
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