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How can I work my abs if core exercises hurt my neck?

Your neck should not hurt during core exercises. There are two reasons why you may be experiencing neck pain. The first is improper breathing. When performing core exercises be sure to follow regular breathing patterns to prevent valsalva maneuver. Not breathing during exercise can increase intrathecal and blood pressure causing unnecessary head and neck pain.

A second reason may be secondary to movement compensation. Some individuals will allow the head and neck to jut forward when performing core exercises. This is a common movement compensation and often leads to head and neck pain. A good tip is to keep your ears directly in line with your shoulders. Always seek physician consultation if pain does not subside.

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