The focus of June’s weekly stretches will be on the neck muscles. We have quite a few muscles, ranging from very tiny to very large, that attach into the neck area. If these muscles become tight they can cause a host of problems, from small headaches to more severe problems like tingling in the hands. Stretching the neck muscles can be a starting place to address these issues.
For the first week of June’s, we will be performing the Self Neck Traction stretch. This stretch targets the muscles that attach into the base of the skull all the way down to the mid back. You will need to use two hands to perform this stretch. If you have had prior neck surgery or other neck injuries, please skip this week’s stretch. Also, if you experience an increase in symptoms or have any new symptoms, including but not limited to pain, lightheadedness or numbness or tingling in the arms or hands, discontinue the stretch and consult with your physician.
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I had 11 sessions of physical therapy for an “angry joint” in my neck. The traction was the best part of the sessions. I have been looking for a way to do it myself and this is the BEST exercise!