Bad posture is attributed to tensions in our bodies. One way in reducing stress at work and school is to know the importance of neck stretches.
This type of stretch enables tension from the neck to be released. If you do not regularly stretch your neck, it will lead to bad posture. Interestingly, it lessens back and shoulder pain. Even, eye strain can be prevented when you stretch your neck regularly.
Respectively, when you stretch your neck, you will be soothed from all the stress brought about by work and school-related tasks.
Not to mention, stretching one’s neck can help your blood to flow properly.
“One of the best benefits of stretching is that it stimulates the formation of synovial fluid in the joints, which acts to make the joints easier to move, thus reducing pain and stiffness,” Baltimore Business Journal reported.
“Over time, daily stretching can significantly reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis, a debilitating condition which affects every aging adult and is the number one cause of disability worldwide,” it added.
Reducing Stress Through Releasing the Tension from the Neck
Here are the ways to stretch your neck according to a fitness trainer, Danielle Gray:
- Start in a standing position, with your feet together. (Think mountain pose: Weight should be evenly distributed on all four corners of your feet, tailbone slightly tucked, and shoulder blades down and back.)
- Press your right shoulder and the heel of your palm down away from you, while flexing your fingers up as high as you can.
- Look in the opposite direction as your hand, at an upward diagonal. Hold for a minute.
- Next, slowly bring your chin down toward your collarbone, looking toward the ground. Hold for another minute, then release back to center.
- Repeat on the opposite side.