Stiffness And Tightness In The Neck | Healthworks Chiropractic | How To Have Better Posture

So stiffness and tightness in that can be extremely debilitating. But what we want to do here at in is we want to look at the patterns that you’re exposing your body to throughout the day and stiffness and tightness in the neck. It can be very very debilitating. And we want to help to help you function better and help you feel better in the long term stiffness and tightness in the neck can be extremely extremely painful and many people who suffer from headaches and stiffness and tightness in the neck have decreased endurance in the muscles deep in the front of the neck or the deep neck flexors poor use of these muscles can also contribute to increased toning stiffness in the sub occipital muscles which are the muscles that are behind your had a lot of the time that’s the main source of stiffness and tightness in the neck at the base of the neck the sub occipital muscles they increase that stiffness and irritation in the upper portion of your neck both of which can refer pain to the head and they can contribute to things like headaches and migraines. Just general stiffness and tightness in the neck and those deep neck flexors help flex the skull on the cervical spine or neck like as if you’re nodding yes going up and down inflection and extension as well as say mentally they flex the upper cervical vertebrae and these muscles are very commonly under used and under utilized.

And if we either spend a lot of time with our shoulders around forward in our head and of a forward position where if we repeat repetitively move into this position you know it can happen and we want to leave that stiffness and tightness that she may be experiencing in the neck and some of the ways we can do that or with certain exercises. You know a common exercise that’s prescribed by a lot of rehab professionals is the chin talk. And basically this exercise works on the endurance and coordination of the neck flexors with the combined effect of increasing that upper portion of your neck or the upper cervical spine mobility and that’s going to decrease the tone and flexibility of the sub occipital muscles which can help relieve headaches and neck pain. So it can also help the long term to build postural awareness and to stop spending so much time with our head in a forward position and our shoulders rounded forward and some of the key points on this exercise to old each position and tell you fatigue or your fill starts to er your form starts to fail or give and you must get to be able to hold these positions for 30 seconds before moving to a more difficult exercise. And you know we we want to you know the rhyme and reason of why you’re having this pain and you know one of the things that you can do is you can place a towel underneath your head and kind of give yourself a double chin like nodding yes and pushing down into the back portion of the towel. And you know once you keep your shoulders relaxed while you’re doing these things because they can really help you a whole lot if you’re experiencing pain and stiffness and tightness in the neck.

And another way that you can do this more advanced way is to put the neck in a bit of flexion and with your chin talks you can hold that position for 30 seconds or to failure to wear your fatigue. These areas we want to make sure that you’re stable in those areas and the muscles and keeping your head in neutral position. You can nod the head in a double chin position and lift one two inches without losing the double chin position and you can hold that position while kind of putting your hand a little bit of flexion back coming forward for 30 to 30 seconds to failure on there. You don’t want the head jet out forward suddenly because that’s the same thing and we’re trying to counteract what we’re trying to counteract forward head posture. And you know a lot of the time these areas can be very debilitating and we want to help solve these problems. Healthworks chiropractic you know if if you’re making these problems worse by maybe something that you’re doing in the gym a lot of time you’ll see people doing crunches in the gym and you know crunches aren’t necessarily a bad exercise for your neck. Neither are they for your for your lower back your lumbar spine. Instead you should think of them like any other exercise that you do. And you know there’s there’s a couple of techniques for this and appropriate for some you know and Timperley inappropriate for others or some people that have an acute sensitivity to a particular movement especially if it’s very very sensitive or recently injured.

Sometimes this is something to work up to gradually with the guidance of a site here at Healthworks chiropractic and we want to make sure that certain movements and things like that are appropriate for you and not going to cause you that stiffness and tightness in the neck that you came to us initially for. So you know we always want to keep our body in a very neutral position and not put too much forward flexion or getting our head out or looking forward or down too much. This is the proper posture that we want to try to avoid that forward head posture looking down. So you know if you can spend more time in a neutral position then crunches won’t necessarily be a bad exercise for you. That’s what we’ve talked about some of those those previous exercises to alleviate that stiffness and tightness in the neck. Keeping your chin slightly tucked you can raise up in a crouch position flexing at the mid portion of the spine if your whole goal is to work the abdominals or specifically the Rectus of dominance. So certain things aren’t necessarily a bad idea for you to do. It’s just you have to work in these things and know the proper positioning and that’s what helps working with the health care professional health workers chiropractic. We can certainly help with these things and help to alleviate pain and stiffness and tightness in the neck and get you feeling better than ever before. So come see us today at Healthworks chiropractic we have two locations. We have one location located in Franklin Tennessee at 2 8 4 Seaborg Lane and Suite 100 in Franklin Tennessee. And the phone number there is 6 1 5 7 9 1 9 9 1 7. And then we have another location can be located in Murfreesboro Tennessee.

And the phone number in that office is 6 1 5 8 6 7 1 1 4 4 and it’s located at 9 to 5 South Church Street and sweet 8 200 in Murfreesboro Tennessee. And we want to help you out. Healthworks chiropractic to alleviate that stiffness and tightness in the neck and some of the exercises that can help alleviate those things. What began over today if you want to learn more. Come see us at Healthworks Chiropractic in Franklin or Murfreesboro Tennessee anywhere in the middle Tennessee area and look for the top chiropractor. Look no further than Healthworks chiropractic because we can help you out with stiffness and tightness in the neck and keep you from being in pain and living a more productive life doing the things that you love to do without stiffness and tightness in the neck.