November: Ow, My Neck!

“Why does my neck start to hurt or get a crick in it sometimes when I move this way or that?”  I believe lack of movement causes all parts of our bodies to act up.  When people ask what they should do for exercise, I always recommend to move their bodies in as many ways as possible.  Or when people ask what type of workouts I do, I respond with as much variety as possible. 

Think about it…we grew up playing all kinds of games and activities.  I believe one factor of athletes experiencing injuries could be that they choose only one sport early on in today’s world.  These repetitive motions and lack of variety can easily lead to overuse injuries.

Back to the neck!  We don’t move our head on neck and neck on shoulders enough, and there is a difference between the two.  The skull has movement on the cervical spine, then the spine has movement on the shoulders.  Yes, try it out!  When life causes us to move our neck in a little bigger range of motion than we are accustomed to, it can put us in check.  You know this moment when it stops you in your tracks and says, “Hey wait!  I’m not use to moving that way, and I can’t really handle it!”  So, to avoid those times, I will be providing you with four very simple and basic exercises for youto incorporate.  They will take only a few minutes to complete and contribute to many minutes of your life!

#3: NECK BAND

#2: CAT/COW

#1: PROPER NECK CURL

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November: Ow, My Neck!

“Why does my neck start to hurt or get a crick in it sometimes when I move this way or that?”  I believe lack of movement causes all parts of our bodies to act up.  When people ask what they should do for exercise, I always recommend to move their bodies in as many...

Shoulder to Shoulder

I presented a few months ago that bad posture leads to numerous shoulder issues.  Shoulder issues are probably one of the most common issues people come to me about, and probably one of the most challenging to correct.  The shoulder is an amazing joint that...

Focus on Feet!

Imagine buying a brand new car and as the years pass, you take amazing care of it.  You change the oil and fluids on time and you wash and vacuum the car regularly.  You wax it and make sure to immediately buff out any imperfections.  One thing you...

Hips Don’t Lie

Most people above the age of 30 have some type of hip limitation.  I also wouldn’t be surprised by the next decade that age could become even lower.  Since we are sitting so much more than when I was younger, we are going to continue to see these issues even...

Stiff Neck

With the invention of computers, then smart phones; we have also have the invention of “text neck.”  I’m constantly reminding my clients, now my daughter, and even myself not to look down at our devices.  We need to try to hold them up to eye level. ...

Shoulders

I’m going to call it “desk shoulders,” but truth be told, shoulder issues plague everyone not just people who work at a desk.  These issues are most commonly seen in people who work at a desk daily.  I should probably contribute shoulder issues to people...