If you sit at a desk all day, or if you are bending down looking at small children all day, or if you just have a cranky, stiff neck, this is for you.
Take a handful of your hair from the lower, back part of your head. (Sorry, my beautiful, bald ones, you do kind of need at least some hair to do this, although if you have a good imagination you can still probably do it. Below I’ll list another stretch that you don’t need hair for.)
When you have a handful of hair, pull your hair slightly back and up. As you do this you should feel a nice stretch through the vertebrae (spinal bones) of your neck. Ideal neck posture is a straight spine all the way up to the top. A J-shaped spine is the idea, not the S-shaped spine that we were taught years ago.
A few times throughout the day, do this exercise to remind yourself of proper neck posture.
Another quick neck traction exercise you can do with a broom. Lay down on the ground and place the broomstick perpendicular to your body and under your neck. Place your hands on either side of the stick – on either side of your neck and pull the stick toward the top of your head. When it reaches the occiput – the place where your skull meets your neck bones, you should feel a good stretch through your neck. Hold it for a few seconds and repeat.