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Neck Exercises Blog, A Guide to a Better Neck Posture

Hello and welcome to Neck Exercises. I am glad you want to take care of your neck. Whether you have neck pain, tension, stress or discomfort, neck exercises can help. Making small adjustments each day to include neck exercises, stretch exercises, or a neck workout, will gradually improve your neck health and quality of life. Let's get started!

Arm Behind Your Back Stretch Exercises

Are you feeling tightness in your chest and the front of
your shoulders while working on the computer? Do you ever feel you need to do
some stretch exercises in these areas after a long and tiring day? Or do you
want to improve your posture and bring your shoulders back with neck exercises?
All of these can be accomplished with arm behind your back stretch exercises.

These arms behind your back stretch exercises will work on
your front chest muscle pectoralis major and your shoulder muscles anterior and
middle deltoids. You will also be strengthening your rhomboids while doing
shoulder blade pinches. These arms behind your back stretch exercises will help
relax your shoulders by strengthening your lower trapezius muscles. Other
muscles that may feel being stretched out are the levator scapulae (neck),
pectoralis minor (chest), supraspinatus (top of shoulder), serratus anterior
(rib cage) and coracobrachialis (inside of upper arm).

These arms behind your back stretch exercises can be done
sitting or standing. The best way to feel the stretch is standing up straight. When
bringing your arm behind your back, avoid bending forward or you will lose the
stretch at your chest. These arm behind your back stretch exercises works on
your shoulder and arm range of motions. Let’s begin with this standing arm
behind your back stretch exercises!

Standing Position:

  • Feet shoulder width apart
  • Knees slightly bent
  • Your hips and pelvis should be pointing forward
  • Have your chest up and out towards the wall
  • Relax your shoulders down
  • Pinch your shoulder blades together
  • Perform a chin tuck by bring your chin back towards your
    shoulder blades
  • Relax y our jaw
  • Look straight ahead

Arm Behind Your Back Stretch Exercises:

  • Breathe in
  • Raise your right arm behind your back
  • Bend your right elbow up to 90 degrees
  • Place the back of your right hand on your back
  • With your left hand, hold on to your right elbow
  • Breathe out
  • Using your left hand, guide your right arm across your back
    and up towards your shoulders
  • Hold this position for 30 seconds
  • Repeat 3 times
  • Relax and switch arms to stretch the left side

You should feel various muscles stretched but no pain in any
direction. Only bring your arm up as far up your back to feel a stretch. You
can adjust bring your arm across by holding on to your wrist instead of your
elbow. You will feel the extra stretch by focusing on pinching your shoulder
blades together. Overall, this arm behind the back stretch exercises should
give you more range of motions in the shoulders and arms as well as relieve
neck tension and improve posture. Avoid any over stretching with this stretch
exercise. Other stretch exercises will be described at a later time.

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Various Chin Tucks Neck Exercises

Do you ever catch yourself with your neck and chin out forward? Want to strengthen the front of your neck and stretch the back of your neck? Are you just tired of doing regular chin tucks? How about trying doing the chin tucks in different angles and directions for your neck exercises? By doing chin tuck neck exercises, you will relieve both shoulder and neck tension.  

What are chin tucks? Chin tucks are where you bring your chin back, sort of like a drawer being closed shut. Isn’t a chin tuck just a chin tuck?  It’s true that a chin tuck is just a chin tuck but by doing them in different directions you can also work on your overall neck posture. When you strengthen a neck muscle, just like any other strength training, you want to go through all of the range of motions for the neck. These chin tuck neck exercises are a great way to make sure your neck gets training in all areas.

I’ll describe chin tucks in sitting but you can choose to do them in standing as well. People may never know you are doing chin tuck neck exercises and they are simple to do. There are different directions I want you to think of, the up and down or nodding motion and the rotation or side to side motion. This chin tucks neck exercises will focus on both directions. 

For the up and down or nodding motion, think of 12 o’clock above the top of your head, 9 o’clock is your starting position looking forward and 6 o’clock is where you chest is. When you do the neck rotation motions, think of 12 o’clock your right shoulder, 9 o’clock is your starting position and 6 o’clock is your left shoulder. Let’s begin!

Sitting Position:

  • Feet flat on the floor
  • Sit up straight
  • Your chest up and facing the wall in front of you
  • Place your hands on your lap
  • Relax your shoulders
  • Perform a chin tuck by bringing your chin back towards your shoulder blades
  • Relax your jaw
  • Eyes look straight ahead

Nodding Chin Tucks Neck Exercises:

  • Breathe in
  • Tilt the top of your head back to 12 o’clock
  • Don’t let your mouth open when you tilt back
  • Bring your chin back towards your shoulder blades
  • Breathe out
  • Hold for 10 seconds
  • Breathe in
  • Return back to starting at 9 o’clock
  • Perform a regular chin tuck
  • Breathe out
  • Hold for 10 seconds
  • Breathe in
  • Bring your chin down towards your chest or 6’clock
  • Tuck your chin in towards your chest and up towards the ceiling
  • Breathe out
  • Hold for 10 seconds
  • Repeat these chin tucks for the 11 and then 7 o’clock positions
  • Then perform these chin tucks again for the 10 and 8 o’clock positions
  • Be sure after each motion to go back to the starting position
  • Repeat each direction 10 times

Neck Rotation Chin Tuck Neck Exercises:

  • Breathe in
  • Turn your head to your right shoulder to 12 o’clock 
  • Perform a chin tuck towards your left shoulder blade
  • Breathe out
  • Hold for 10 seconds
  • Breathe in
  • Return to the starting position at 9 o’clock
  • Bring your chin directly back to your shoulder blades
  • Breathe out
  • Hold for 10 seconds
  • Turn your head to your left shoulder towards 6 o’clock
  • Bring your chin back towards your right shoulder
  • Breathe out
  • Hold for 10 seconds
  • Return back to starting and go through the rest of the clock 11 and 7, 10 and 8
  • Repeat 10 times each

You should not feel any pain in any chin tuck neck exercises. You may begin to feel a burning like sensation in the back of your neck after all these chin tuck neck exercises. When you do these chin tucks neck exercises a few times a week, your overall neck muscle strength will increase. Your endurance to do these neck exercises will also increase. This chin tucks neck exercises will improve your overall neck posture and avoid postural related conditions. Other chin tuck neck exercises will be described at a later time.

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Neck Exercises: Head Nods with Stretch 

Want to be able to keep your shoulders from going forward and working on your neck muscles at the same time? How about doing some neck exercises that help with your neck and chest at the same time? Head nods with a chest stretch neck exercises will be able to loosen your neck muscles and open up your chest muscles. These neck exercises are good to help with your posture and improve your breathing. 

Opening up your chest by bringing your shoulders back will help you be able to breathe better. When you are leaning forward with your head and rounded shoulders, your diaphragm does not expand as much as it can. The chest muscles in these neck exercises that are being stretched out are the pectoralis minor and major. 

The head nods of the neck exercises work on strengthening the front neck muscles and stretching out the back neck muscles. By working both the front and back of your neck, you can improve your neck posture. These head nods neck exercises will also help relieve neck tension. 

These head nods and chest stretch neck exercises can be done sitting or standing. These head nods neck exercises can also be done on the big stability balls or swiss balls for an added challenge. I’ll describe these head nods and chest stretch neck exercises in a sitting position. These neck exercises won’t work with regular chairs with backs or arm rests. You can try these head nods with chest neck exercises on a bed or a bench. Let’s begin!

Sitting Position:

  • Feet flat on the floor
  • Sit up tall 
  • Bring your chest up and out towards the wall across from you
  • Relax your shoulders 
  • Perform a chin tuck by bringing your chin back towards your shoulder blades
  • Have your eyes looking straight ahead
  • Your jaw should be relaxed

Head Nods and Chest Stretch Neck Exercises:

  • Breathe in
  • Bring your hands behind your back
  • Put your palms together and intertwine your fingers together 
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together
  • Breathe out

Head Nod to the Right

  • Breathe in
  • Turn your head to the right
  • Raise your head up and lower you head down
  • Repeat 10 times
  • Release your hands
  • Breathe out

Head Nod in Neutral

  • Breathe in
  • Put your hands together like before
  • Turn your head back to the middle
  • Do 10 head nods
  • Relax your hands
  • Breathe out

Head Nod to the Left

  • Breathe in
  • Clasp your hands together
  • Turn your head to your left shoulder
  • Do 10 head nods
  • Relax your hands and shoulders

These head nods and chest stretch neck exercises should be pain free. Do these head nods slow, controlled and smooth motions. You may feel a stretching feeling in the front of your chest. You also want to make sure you are not leaning forward otherwise you will lose the stretch in the chest muscles. Be sure that you keep your mouth closed during these head nods otherwise you will lose the effect of the stretching of the neck muscles. After these head nods neck exercises are done you should feel less neck tension and neck your posture should be better. Other neck exercises will be described at a later time.

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Arms Up Neck Exercises

Do you like to stretch when you first wake up in the
morning? Do you reach for the sky or ceiling when raising your arms up? How about
just adding a few more moves with your arm raising stretch in the morning as
neck exercises? This morning when I got up and stretched, I raised my shoulders
up and squeezed my shoulder blades together. So, this will be today’s neck
exercises.

The motions for these neck exercises are a combination of
moves: shoulder blade pinches, shoulder raises and chin tucks. These neck
exercises
help with breathing and having good posture. A benefit of these neck
exercises are that they reduce neck tension and improve neck flexibility. These
extra motions are simple to implement into your everyday movements. You can do
these neck exercises sitting or standing. I’ll describe them standing.

Standing Position:

  • Feet shoulders width apart
  • Knees slightly bent
  • Arms by your side
  • Relax your shoulders
  • Bring your chin back towards your shoulder blades
  • Your eyes should be looking straight ahead

Arms Up Neck Exercises:

  • Breathe in
  • With your hands, raise your arms up towards the ceiling
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together
  • Tilt your head back
  • With your palms, reach towards the ceiling while raising
    your shoulders up
  • Breathe out
  • Bring your shoulders down with a slight bend in the elbows
  • Raise your arms up again
  • Repeat 10 times

These neck exercises should feel good and be relaxing. These
movements should help relieve any neck stress or stiffness. There should be no
pain with any neck exercises or stretch exercises done. Other neck exercises
will be described at a later time. Enjoy Christmas today!

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