At least once in our lives we all felt an irritating tension or discomfort in the neck after a bad dream, or an unpleasant feeling of squeezing in the shoulders due to sitting work. Many online resources say that a good way to get rid of pain is to stretch your muscles.
However, if you need a long-term solution to the problem of stiffness or discomfort, as well as a preventive way to prevent unpleasant sensations, you should focus not only on the cervical spine, but on the entire chest area.
In fact, there are a few things that can disable these areas, thus leading to that too familiar sense of constraint and stiffness. The main reason for the unpleasant sensations is the wrong posture. This serious problem is able to make the head, shoulders and middle back stretch forward, which activates the muscles in this area. As a result, they begin to feel constrained.
Another potential trigger of discomfort in the neck is superficial breathing. People, especially when they are stressed, tend to breathe chest or do it shallow, thus relying on their auxiliary respiratory muscles (upper trapezoidal and thoracic) rather than on the diaphragm (which allows deep abdominal breathing). Because of this, the muscles of the neck and shoulders are stretched, the feeling of shyness and pain increases.
If you are dealing with stiff neck - work on sitting and standing in a flat position (ribs are located directly above the pelvis, and the head - above the ribs), as well as practice exactly diaphragmatic breathing.
Simple exercises also play a big role. The best of them include both static and dynamic options. They help the body to take the right posture, to pull some muscles, thus getting rid of stiffness.
In most cases, a simple neck pain, shyness or discomfort may be enough to think about reducing the unpleasant feelings. But if you have more disturbing symptoms, such as numbness, a tingling sensation in your neck or limbs, you should contact your doctor or physiotherapist to find out what causes the pain.
All exercises should be done for 30-45 seconds, and on the yoga poses you can delay even for a minute. Only 10 minutes a day will help to significantly reduce the feeling of tightness or even completely get rid of neck and shoulder pain.