Some simple exercises to relieve neck pain.

If you suffer from neck pain when working in your Office Chair at your PC, here are some simple exercises to relieve the problem.

In an earlier post I explained why we get neck pain using our Office Chair and the practical steps you can take to help reduce the problem. Here’s the link http://officechairinfo.com/?p=26

So, if you are suffering with neck pains here are the exercises I use that were recommended by my Physio and work well for me.

Exercise 1

  • Sit in your Office Chair with your back, neck and head straight, but not strained and looking straight forward and with your feet firmly on the floor. Very slowly and deliberately turn your head as far as you comfortably can to the left, as though you were looking to see something behind you.
  • Hold this position for 5 seconds and then slowly return your head to the front. Repeat the same sequence but this time to the right.

Exercise 2

  • Sit in your Office Chair with your back, neck and head straight and looking forward. Slowly move your head towards your left shoulder as though you were trying to cradle your phone handset between head and shoulder (never, ever use you phone like this, it is very bad for your neck).
  • Hold this for 5 seconds and then slowly return your head to the vertical again. Repeat the exercise for your right hand side.

As you do these exercises you will probably feel some pain and tension and likely more so on one side than the other. Take notice of this as it will be telling you which side of your body you are overusing when working in your Office Chair. Use this to deliberately compensate by consciously using the underutilised side of your body more frequently.

Do the exercises several times during the day, the don’t take very long to complete.

Tomorrow, I will add some further exercises. I hope my suggestions help I’ve certainly found them very useful.

Should you suffer any serious pain or discomfort when doing the exercises stop doing them immediately. You may need to seek professional advice for your particular circumstances.

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