Two stretches to prevent and relief neck pain

As people become fatigued they are more likely to slouch and slump into poor posture. This is a perfect time to incorporate a yoga break.

Tara, a yoga teacher based in Mount Maunganui NZ, instructs us on getting into her two favourite yoga poses designed to relieve tension from the neck.

1. Neck flexion

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  1. Sit upright with your spine in alignment.
  2. Bend your head forward, reaching your chin towards your chest.
  3. Stay here if this is enough, or interlace your fingers and apply gentle pressure to the back of your head.
  4. Breathe here for at least three deep breaths.
  5. Repeat as necessary.

2. Active neck sidebend

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  1. Sit upright with your spine in alignment.
  2. ­Side tilt your head so that your right ear moves toward your right shoulder
  3. Pause when you first feel tension.
  4. Stay here if this is enough, or use your right hand to apply gentle pressure to the left side of your head.
  5. Breathe here for at least three deep breaths.
  6. Repeat on the other side.

Tune your chair

Follow our educational instructional videos with Andrew Wilson, Ergonomist and Osteopath, to learn how to tune your chair ensuring you have the correct workstation design. Tuning your chair correctly will help prevent injuries of your neck.

Simply search for the model name of your chair, watch the video and make the adjustments to your chair.

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