Neck Strain Injuries – Basic Core Muscle Activation
Begin with nice tall posture with the inner core muscles below your belly button engaged to keep the entire spine in neutral. You want to maintain the plumb line posture and only move your shoulder and arms throughout this exercise.
Then press the tongue up against the roof of your mouth and maintain that pressure throughout. Lift your arms up to shoulder height with your elbows straight and shoulder width apart. Then slowly move your hands outward taking 5 seconds and then take 5 seconds to return the hands back to the start. Do this for 10 repetitions for 3 sets 3 times daily.
This exercise helps to activate the core muscle stabilizers in the front of your neck called the Longus Colli. When doing anything else just seems impossible or too painful this is a good one to start with, as long as you don’t have a major neck injury left undiagnosed.
If you have increased pain or are unsure about what is causing your neck pain, book an appointment and have one of our Physiotherapists at either our North Burnaby or Vancouver locations to check things out.