If you are suffering with mechanical neck pain or cervical facet syndrome this is a great way to ease the tension!
Cervical facet joint issues often cause a stiffness in the neck restricting your movement backwards or side to side. This is often compounded by muscles tightening up around the area.
The technique below is a great way to start getting some movement back in to your neck and reduce your pain without being overly forceful.
If you aren’t sure whether your neck pain is joint related or disc related, then please go to see a professional before trying this mobilisation.
So the exercise we recommend is called a “Cat Cow”. Strage name, I know, but it’s a great exercise. You want to avoid extending your head back too far as this can make your joint issues worse.
- Start on your hands and knees
- Drop your head down and allow your upper back to round
- Then gently extend the spine looking up slightly
- Breathe steadily as you do this
- Don’t push beyond the point of any pain
- Repeat this for around 10 repetitions.
Check out the video below for further details of the exercise:
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Robert Griffiths BSc (Hons) Chiro DC
Doctor of Chiropractic