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How do you loosen tight neck muscles?

I am a 46 year old female. I want to know how do you loosen tight neck muscles?

10 Answers

There are a variety of stretches to loosen the neck muscles. You can google neck stretches and see many. However, if the neck is very stiff, it may not be just tight muscles. Misalignment in the neck may be causing the tightness in those muscles. Manipulation of the cervical spine is very effective at reducing those misalignments. If your neck has been stiff for over 2 weeks, you should have a physician that specializes in musculoskeletal complaints (such as a chiropractor) check it out.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Eric Miller
There are many ways to relax tense muscles in the neck. First, I would recommend conscious deep breathing. At night, you should use a cervical pillow or rolled towel under neck. During the day, you can make sure your head and neck are not in one position for too long. Movement will prevent the neck muscles from getting too tight. You can massage your own neck if the muscles feel tight. Isometric neck exercises are beneficial. Just being aware of the tightness in your neck helps to relax those muscles.

Dr. Steven I. Brown, Chiropractor
Get your neck vertebrae aligned and your head balanced on your neck and neck tension will diminish.
Stretch, meditate, hydrate, don't overwork them.
First, find the cause and go from there. The causes are too numerous to list.

Dr Homer Wall
Adjusting the spine to keep the joints and bones aligned, nerves functioning perfectly allows the muscular tissue to calm and tension to be released.


Dr. Brandon Buttry
Chiropractic manipulation and different physiotherapy modalities help to release the tension in your neck muscle.
Tight neck muscles are usually caused from a combination of issues, involving the joints of the spine, and muscles around the neck and shoulders. Chiropractic adjustments and specific strength training are the best ways to fix tight neck muscles.
I prefer light stretching. Massage is also helpful.
Range of motion stretching lubricates the tissues of the neck. Such as the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. In my opinion hard forceful stretching can be aggravating and then the tissues tighten back up. Therefore I advocated more motion and less hard stretching.