Headaches and neck pain are mainly due to the stiff muscles in your neck and shoulders. Various things cause the muscles in neck and shoulder to become stiff.
Stress, sleeping in a bad position, poor posture and sitting for longer hours, and bulging discs are all the main causes behind stiff muscles.
Headaches and neck pain cause discomfort that range from annoying to excruciating. If you have severe headache and neck pain, then it is better to consult your doctor and ensure that you do not have any serious condition.
In order to get relief from headaches and neck pain, stretching exercise greatly helps you. Though you are not suffering with any pain, stretching will greatly benefit you in many ways.
Here are the four simple stretches that only take few minutes to practice. Keep a warm towel around the back of your neck so that you will get additional pain relief.
You can do these stretches either in a standing or sitting position. The only thing is you should be in straight posture while doing these stretches. It is better to use slow and deliberate moves while practicing the stretches.
Do each stretch for 3-5 times.
1. Begin with your head facing forward. Turn your head slowly to the left side and hold the position for few seconds. Again turn the head back to the initial position and wait for few seconds. Then turn the head to the right and hold it for few seconds and then return to the starting position.
2. Begin with your head facing forward. Tilt your head slowly to back side. Now you are in a position of looking upward and hold it for seconds. Gradually return your head to the initial position. Then tilt your head down. Now you are in a position of looking downward and hold it for few seconds. Then return to the starting position.
3. Begin with your head facing forward. Bend your head slowly to the left side. Now you are in a position that your left ear should point towards your left shoulder. Hold the pose for few seconds and return back. Now bend your head to the right side and your right ear should point towards the right shoulder. Hold the pose for few seconds and return back.
4. Begin with your head facing forward. Ensure that you are in straight posture. Gradually, bring your shoulders up and towards your ears and hold it for few seconds. Then slowly bring the shoulders to the initial position.