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As much as you want to, you can't always get in to see your practitioner when tension and pain knock on the door.
If you experience pain regularly, take note of the exercises and stretches your massage therapist shares with you to do at home. Keeping up with the home care they recommend can help reduce pain and improve range of motion.
If you don't have at-home stretches from your massage therapist, try these four stretches to help relieve neck tension between appointments. Remember, if any actions or movements are painful, stop immediately.
The side tilt targets the upper trapezius, the SCM (sternocleidomastoid), and the longissimus capitus.
The forward flexion targets the upper trapezius, splenius cervicis and capitus, longissimus, and suboccipitals. The backward tilt targets the platysma and SCM.
The side rotation stretch targets the splenius capitis and cervicis as well as the suboccipitals.
A shoulder roll stretches the upper and mid fibres of the trapezius.
These four movements aren't guaranteed to relieve all tension, but they can help. If your pain continues you should schedule appointment with your local massage therapist or consult your doctor if it worsens. Remember, if any actions of movements are painful stop immediately.
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