Stretching Exercises for Stiff Neck

I am a hair dresser and suffer with massive tension in my neck. I started with stress in my back but over the years it has moved to my neck. I have just started treatment with a massage therapist and she feels some regular stretching exercises will help.
Can you advise me more? Many thanks.

Matthew's reply: Hi, yes a combination of massage and neck stretching exercises may help you. Take a look in the Back-Neck section of this site (if you haven't already), pick 1 or 2 exercises that you feel would be most suitable and go from there. Always do the exercises slowly, smoothly and gently. Never force an exercise or you risk injuring yourself further.

I would suggest, though, that as your neck and back problems are long term, the Stiff Neck Program will be more useful. The program contains a selection of highly effective self-massage and stretching techniques for stiff neck, shoulders and upper back. Included in the program is lifestyle advice to enhance the techniques.

In addition to the Stiff Neck Program the Long Life Exercise Program will help you reduce stress, increase energy and much more.

If you have any questions about either of the programs or any of the exercises on this site just post them below.

All the best,

Matthew








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Upper Back and Neck Stiffness

by Martial Artist

Hi, I don't actually feel pain, just stiffness sometimes, especially after martial arts weapons training. Anyway, I tried the back arch exercise and then the back twist, plus the interlock your fingers behind your back (arms down) and flap your elbows. All my problems pretty much felt instantly much better. All I did was stand away from the computer and try these for a minute or two. It felt like a miracle! I'm definitely incorporating these exercises into my routine, with a repeat just before I go to bed. My hearty thanks for putting up and maintaining this website!

Matthew's reply: Hi, thanks for your comments and glad to hear those exercises helped you - another testament to the power of these simple, yet highly beneficial traditional Chinese exercises! I also often do just as you said - stand up from whatever I'm doing and spend a few minutes doing 2 or 3 exercises to relieve any tension and discomfort and re-energize and re-focus myself. All the best.

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Pain/Stiffness in Back Side of Neck

Good Day Sir,

I am facing stiffness and pain exactly in the back side of my neck since one or two months. I am applying some ointment like Iodex, moov etc. But these are not helping me. I am 50 years old, male and my job is in a bank. I request you to help me in getting rid of this pain completely Sir. Please reply. Thank you in anticipation.

Matthew's reply: Hi, usually this kind of problem is in the muscles and soft tissues of the neck due to strain, overwork, sports, etc. However, as you are 50 years old the pain may also indicate a problem with your neck vertebra.

I suggest you get an x-ray to see if there is actually some vertebral problem. If there isn't, then it indicates the problem is most likely muscular. In this case I recommend you try neck exercises and techniques such as the Back Arch and the Neck Twist. There are other neck and upper back exercises on this site that may help too. Take a look and choose those that seem most suitable.

Any questions or comments you may post below.

All the best,

Matthew

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Stiff Neck and Balance Problem

by Kris
(Kansas)

I have had this problem for a very long time. When I start to walk or work on the computer for a while I can feel my neck getting stiff (with pain) and I start to lose balance while walking. This is only for a second or two. Anyone had similar experiences and what was done to get rid of it?

Matthew's reply: Hi Kris, is the problem perhaps the result of an old back or neck injury? Have you had it checked out, i.e. x-rays etc? If you haven't been examined then this should be your first move, otherwise suggesting what might be causing your stiff neck and loss of balance would be guessing. If a medical examination doesn't find any problem then I'm confident the Stiff Neck Program will help you. Any questions just post them below.

All the best,

Matthew

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Neck Stiffness

by Redpanda
(Brooksville, Florida)

I'm sure anyone with stiff muscles in the neck appreciates Matthew Scott's neck exercises and stretches. I know I do and certainly needed this help. Hopefully, I will not have to go to the chiropractor as much. Anyone else out there with stiffness in the neck?

Matthew's reply: Hi, thanks for your comments. Those neck exercises you mention are great for loosening tight, sore neck and upper back muscles, and for re-aligning your spine. I do the ones in the Stiff Neck Program virtually every day - not only for relief when I'm at my computer for hours at a time, but also to prevent upper back and neck stiffness. A couple of the exercises are considered essential long life exercises in traditional Chinese medicine. All the best.

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Neck Pain and Stiffness

by Saqib
(Jubail,estern province,ksa)

From the last five weeks, i have had neck and shoulder pain. i used some english medicines but i am not yet relieved. orthopedics consultant told me that perhaps this due to vertebrates cord gap. they advise me to do some exercises related to neck muscles, so i need some exercises in regard to this. thank you.

Matthew's reply: Hi Saqib, you'll find many neck and upper back exercises in the Back-Neck section of the site. Choose a couple of exercises that seem to match your particular problem. Do the exercises slowly and gently - never force an exercise, especially if you are in pain or discomfort.

I also have a Stiff Neck Program specifically for people with neck and upper back pain and stiffness. Users of the program report that it's very helpful. If you have further questions please post them.

All the best,

Matthew

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