Instant Improve Your Neck Mobility with this Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
In today’s modern world, its hard to maintain perfect neck mobility at all times. The constant need for us to sit and/or look down for work or leisure can really force our neck to spend hours a day in postures and positions it may struggle to tolerate over time.
And this may not sound too much of a big deal to be honest. After all, so many of us have stiff necks don’t we? But this symptom speaks to the overall health and function of a crucial part of your spine.
Clinically, I find neck stiffness and tightness a genuinely hidden contributing factor to a large number of other issues. If you suffer from headaches, jaw pain, shoulder pain, Tennis or Golfers Elbow, RSI of the hands, wrists, or fingers, or any other neck-related complaint, then normalizing neck function is crucial if you want to rid yourself of these issues long-term.
And, as I said, we’re just talking about neck restrictions here. We haven’t even begun to include neck pain in the conversation.
So if you’re someone who values the maintenance or return of decent neck mobility, its obviously important to have a few go-to exercises to do when needed.
One really simple, and pleasingly impactful exercise technique you can try is this neck mobility stretch. Its unique in that it uses the often maligned Muscle Energy technique.
Muscle Energy can sound a bit strange and a little off-putting to some, but don’t let the name distract you. The neck stretch in this video basically consists of the following:
- Putting your neck into specific positions to isolate restricted areas.
- Gently tensing the muscles in those restricted areas to release them.
It’s a brilliant way to loosen up some long-term neck muscle tightness and a great one to keep in your back pocket when you need a little neck mobility tune-up!
Topics covered in this video:
- What is a Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
- How to use MET to instantly improve your neck mobility
- The most likely reason you’re lacking some neck mobility i the first place.
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- Lacrosse Ball if wanting to free up the neck joints.
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