Towel Exercise for Releasing a Stiff Neck

Dr. Ajay Rotte    31-07-2019 Consult

We all suffer from painful neck muscles from time to time, a problem that results, among other things, from high stress, lack of proper posture and extreme changes in the weather. 

Releasing neck tension with a towel

There is a wide range of simple and easy home exercises with which we can significantly ease neck pain, especially those that result from strained muscles. An excellent example of this is the following exercise, and all you need to do it is a medium sized kitchen towel.

The purpose of the towel is twofold, on the one hand, it provides support and stability to the sensitive area, and on the other hand, it applies moderate pressure on the contracted muscle allowing the exercise to ease the pain.

How to perform the exercise

The exercise should be performed immediately with the onset of pain, however, as this isn't always possible, the recommendation is to incorporate the exercise into your weekly exercise routine at least 2-3 times a week. If you feel that the pain isn't going away or that there is discomfort resulting from the injury, you should consult a doctor to prevent further aggravation.

-Hold the towel on opposite ends so that the towel folds diagonally
-Wrap the towel around your neck, just below the hairline, and bring your hands close together so that the two ends are parallel to each other.
-Pull both ends of the towel forward and try to resist as much pressure as possible while maintaining a steady head.
-Perform the exercise for a minute - it can be repeated several times a day.


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