If you have neck pain or get headaches then you should be doing this neck muscle exercise to help relieve your pain.
Cameron, an Associate myPhysioSA Physiotherapist, explains how to correctly strengthen your key support neck muscles.
These neck muscles are called your Deep Neck Flexors, and they get long and weak with poor or prolonged posture. The muscles over the top will then get overworked and start to tighten, worsening your posture even more.
Learning how to re-activate these deep neck flexors is crucial to supporting your neck again, they are like your core trunk muscles are for your lower back. Research has proven that if you strengthen these deep neck muscles your neck pain and headaches will improve.
Cameron teaches a patient how to correctly exercise the deep neck support muscles in this video. After watching this video, you can start doing this exercise twice per day for a few minutes is all that is needed and usually after 4-6 weeks your ongoing neck pain and headaches should start to improve.
The difficult part of this exercise is learning to isolate just the deep neck muscles and relaxing the already tight outer muscles. It will take practice!
If you feel any increased discomfort during or after doing these exercises please cease immediately and seek further advice.