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You may want to review the shoulder stretches page, and stretch the shoulders prior to stretching the neck. Often, neck muscles are tight because the powerful shoulder muscles are tight and tense.

You may also want to watch this video before and/or after reviewing these stretches.
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    Start Neutral and Relaxed
    With the head in a neutral position, relax your shoulders.
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    Chin to Chest
    Drop your chin to your chest, but don't move your body. Hold for a few moments to feel the muscles let go of the tension.
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    Head Back
    Bring your head slowly back. Again, hold and feel the stretch. Keep your mouth closed. Breath through your nose. Relax the tension you feel in your throat.
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    Back to Center
    Bring your head back to center
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    Head to Left Shoulder
    Then drop your left ear to your left shoulder, without lifting the shoulder, as in the picture.
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    Head to Right Shoulder
    Next, slowly move your head to the right, and hold on that side for a few moments.
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    Slow Circles
    Now, roll the head in a slow circle several times one way, then several times the other way. Do not move your shoulders. Keep the mouth closed, keep your eyes open when rolling to prevent dizziness, which may or not be a problem for some people. Breath through your nose.
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    Back to Center
    Return your head to the neutral position.
Disclaimer
It is possible to injure onself in any physical activity. Consult your physician if in doubt about your physical condition before embarking on a stretching program. The author of howtostretch.com accepts no liability for any injuries sustained while practicing any of the stretches described within.

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Shawn - 0 Rep in this Positive (How to Stretch) • 15.7k Total
Thanks for the quick and simple overview.  Very nice.  Sometimes it seems like neck conditions are related to nerve issues with arms and hands.  Do you have any stretches for those specific nerve impingement issues?
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