Neck pain exercises

Neck pain exercises are often used to manage pain and other symptoms that come from a range of underlying causes. Most neck pain is a result of muscle strain and along with rest, pain medication and ice packs, low impact exercise is a common basic treatment. But neck pain exercises aren’t just for people with minor muscle strains. They can also be effective for those with more serious spinal conditions like osteoarthritis, herniated discs and bulging discs.

If you are living with a degenerative spine condition, the same exercises suggested for minor issues can also be prescribed to help with the debilitating symptoms that can come with them. Whether your neck pain symptoms are minor or are taking you away from your life, always consult with your physician for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Common neck pain exercises

Examples of simple neck pain exercises that are found in many conservative treatment plans include:

  • Using a slow nodding motion, alternate looking straight up at the ceiling and tucking the chin into the chest.
  • Slowly bring each ear sideways toward the shoulder.
  • Rotate the head left, then right like when shaking your head.
  • Use your hand to apply isometric pressure against the temple, the forehead and back of the head.
  • Slowly rotate your shoulders backward and downward.

Remember to talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Whether you’re a patient with ongoing spinal issues or an otherwise healthy person suffering from occasional neck pain, these neck pain exercises should be performed slowly and carefully to avoid overexertion. It is also important to practice steady breathing when you exercise to maintain a steady supply of oxygen to the muscles.

When surgery becomes an option

If exercise and other conservative treatment are not enough to alleviate chronic neck or back pain, your physician might suggest surgery as an option. Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery that offers our patients a shorter recovery time^ with less risk of complication compared to traditional open neck or back procedures.

Contact Laser Spine Institute for your no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to see if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.