All You Need Is a Towel and a Resistance Band for This 5-Minute Neck Decompression Stretch
"Oftentimes, a lot of people complain about neck pain and can't relax or de-stress," says Jen Esquer, DPT, a physical therapist. "Just adding a little bit of traction, relaxing, and releasing in the muscles, allowing your body to rest and chill is a good way to decompress the neck." You can get this traction by resting your neck on a sort of sling that's hanging on a doorknob (or other hook close to the floor), which uses the weight of your skull to decompress the neck muscles and all of the tension that's accumulated.
All you need? A towel, a band of some sort (like a resistance band, if you have one), and some tape. Fold the towel length-wise until it's as thin as it can go, then tape the opposite ends together at the top so that you have a loop. Wrap your resistance band around the top that you just taped, and hang it on something like a doorknob. "Place the bottom of the towel loop at the base of your head and scoot your bottom forward a bit," says Dr. Esquer, who recommends only scooting out until you feel a slight pull. Then let your head rest down and breathe.
"Just relax and put your hand on your belly, and it will help to decompress your neck for a bit and can help you feel more mobile," she says. Her tip? Rest in the sling for about five to 10 minutes, but not much longer than that—that'll be all you'll need to combat that annoying tech neck pain for sweet relief.
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HOME TOWEL TRACTION How to! 🔊 . This is a very gentle way to MAKE yourself relax (we all could use a little of that in our lives) while adding some traction to the neck. It will help to decompress the neck for a bit, relax the muscles and can help you feel more mobile! . . I suggest only scooting out until you feel a slight pull and begin by resting in it about 5-10 minutes. No more than 20 minutes at a time. . . Enjoy! 🤗 . . . . . #docjenfit #mobilitytribe
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