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Loosening a Stiff Neck: Simple Tips for Lasting Relief

woman with stiffed neckDo you find yourself struggling with a stiff neck after long hours at your desk or a restless night’s sleep? You’re not alone. At Commonwealth Family Chiropractic, we understand how disruptive neck stiffness can be. Here are some effective tips to help you loosen a stiff neck and improve your overall well-being.

Understanding Neck Stiffness

Neck stiffness often results from poor posture, stress, or inadequate support during sleep. When muscles in the neck become tight, it can lead to discomfort and limited range of motion. If left untreated, it can also cause headaches and further musculoskeletal issues.

Simple Stretches and Exercises

  • Neck Tilts and Turns: Slowly tilt your head toward your shoulder, holding for 15-30 seconds. Repeat on the other side. Then, turn your head gently from left to right, holding each position for a few seconds.
  • Shoulder Rolls: Roll your shoulders forward and backward in a circular motion to release tension in the neck and upper back.
  • Chin Tucks: Tuck your chin towards your chest, hold for a few seconds, and then release. This exercise helps align the cervical spine and reduce neck strain.

Lifestyle Adjustments

  • Ergonomic Workstations: Ensure your computer screen is at eye level, and use a chair that supports your lower back.
  • Proper Sleep Position: Use a supportive pillow that keeps your neck in a neutral position. Avoid sleeping on your stomach as it can strain your neck.
  • Stress Management: Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to reduce muscle tension.

Chiropractic Care for Neck Stiffness

Regular chiropractic adjustments can help maintain proper alignment of the cervical spine, reducing stiffness and preventing future discomfort. At Commonwealth Family Chiropractic, we offer personalized care plans to address your specific needs, ensuring lasting relief and improved quality of life.

Don’t let a stiff neck hold you back. Visit us today and discover how our expert care can help you feel your best.

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