You can perform gentle stretches to help your neck pain. Stretches should include putting your ear to shoulder on both sides, putting your chin to chest, looking up at the ceiling, and putting your chin to armpit on both sides. Each stretch should be held for about 30 seconds, and you should repeat each stretch two to three times per session.
You can also help improve range of motion and decrease pain by moving your neck in circles in both directions. An athletic trainer may use heat, massage, or traction to help your neck pain. (This answer provided for NATA by the University of Alabama Athletic Training Education Program.)
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