Neck Exercises for Roundness at Base of Neck

by CHARLOTTE
(CLEVELAND OHIO USA)

WHAT CAN I DO TO GET RID OF THE ROUNDNESS THAT IS DEVELOPING AT THE BASE OF MY NECK? I HEARD ITS FROM SITTING AT A COMPUTER ALL DAY.

Matthew's reply: Charlotte, the muscles and soft tissues in this area are obviously under tension and out of balance, but I would first get an x-ray to see what, if anything, is happening bone-wise.

There are many exercises that probably will help you but if you do sit at a computer all day you will also need to either:

1. Stop doing this, at least until your neck gets better.

2. Reduce the time you spend at the computer, and take regular breaks to stretch your neck and upper back.

I guess the second option will be best if you use the computer for work. There are neck exercises on this site in the Back section that I recommend you take a look at. For example, the Back Arch and Upper Back Loosener. It's a case of you looking at all the exercises in the section and judging for yourself if they fit your situation, then doing them as instructed.

I also have a neck exercise program offering on video the best of these techniques for loosening and stretching your neck.

Let me know if you have any questions about any of the exercises on the site or in the program.

All the best,

Matthew

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Exercises for Good Posture

by Bob
(Midwest, USA)

Hello, first of all thanks for the WONDERFUL site! Great stuff here. I've bookmarked it and sent it on to other people. My question is regarding posture. I have a really bad posture with hunched shoulders. As a result, I have constant back pain. I try to sit and stand straight but it only lasts for a few minutes until I have to end up slouching again. Which of the back exercises do you recommend specifically for this? Thanks!

Matthew's reply: Hi Bob, for relieving back pain from bad posture, excess sitting, overwork, sports, etc, I recommend the Chinese Long Life Exercise Program. The program, which is on video, contains at least 5 exercises that can make your back straighter, stronger and more flexible.

These same exercises gave me my life back after a back injury forced me to stop work and sports when I was 20. Other followers of the program report plenty of other health benefits from the program too, which you can read about via the above link. Any questions about the program and the back exercises in it just post them below.

All the best,

Matthew

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