The muscles in the front of your neck are likely shortened and tight. Most of us chronically deal with this due to forward head carriage; but just because something is super common, doesn’t mean it’s normal.
I stretch this area DAILY!
A great way to avoid and tackle posterior neck pain, jaw tension, suboccipital tension/tension headaches, and even seemingly unrelated mid/upper back pain is to STRETCH your scalene muscle group.
– Once you have shortened the front left/right neck muscles by bringing your head forward, clamp down with a few fingers on the muscle belly to create a ‘new joint’ so that you don’t have to extend your head and neck too far back in order to feel a stretch.
– Never hold the stretch.
– Simply start over in a different spot, and slowly pull your head 180deg. away from that new spot where you’re clamping down….
This is Basic ‘Active Release Technique’ and a great way to stretch any muscle.
Please call Dr. Holman @ (651) 243-0633 with questions or for consultation.