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I wake up each morning with a stiff neck; what can I do?

Steven Shoshany, DC
Chiropractic Medicine
If you wake up with a stiff neck, more than likely you are sleeping wrong; your neck is not being supported properly. In this video, chiropractor Steven Shoshany, DC, explains why the right neck support is key, and how seeing a chiropractor can help.

To help avoid neck pain in the morning make sure you're sleeping with a pillow that properly supports your head and neck in the correct position. A fantastic exercise to do to alleviate a stiff neck is the upper trapezius stretch before and after every workout. When performing this technique, make sure you do not stretch too far. It should be a comfortable stretch that you hold for approximately 30 seconds. This will give your neck muscles enough time to relax and lengthen. Stop immediately if you experience pain during this stretch or tingling in your arm.

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