Flexibility and stretching exercises can expand and/or preserve the range of motion and elasticity in affected neck joints, and relieve the stiffness that accompanies pain. As a general rule, neck stretching is best done every day, and some stretches can be done several times a day. Specific strengthening exercises can help maintain improved posture, which in turn can lessen or eliminate recurrent flare-ups of pain. As a general rule, neck strengthening exercises should be done everyday or every other day to allow muscles time to repair themselves. Aerobic exercise, commonly called “cardio,” is fueled by a steady intake of oxygen and keeps the heart rate and breathing levels elevated for the duration of the workout. Aerobic exercises increase blood flow to the muscles and soft tissues of the neck and upper back, which can help loosen the muscles and increase range of motion. In addition, after about 30 or more minutes of aerobic exercise, the body’s natural painkillers—called endorphins—are released and can help reduce neck pain. Any questions or concerns can be answered by Dr.Christopher Cordima of The Advanced Pain Relief Clinic. Call today for advice and tips on what exercise/stretches are best for your case.
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