Neck and shoulder pain are common complaints stemming from poor posture, injury or strain from improperly lifting heavy objects, awkwardly twisting the body, and even from stress. Yoga for the neck and shoulders can help ease some of the stiffness, reduce the pain, improve flexibility and mobility in the region, and strengthen your muscles.
Always check with your doctor before trying any new fitness regimen.
Balasana (child pose): This is a very soothing pose that helps calm the nervous system and deeply relaxes the back. If done with your torso and head supported, it can also be good as yoga for neck pain. The child pose also relieves fatigue and stress that may be an underlying cause of neck and shoulder pain.
Paschim Namaskarasana (Reverse Prayer Pose): A popular yoga shoulder stretch, the Reverse Prayer Pose stretches your upper back, shoulder muscles, as well as your pectoral muscles. It also strengthens the arms and abdomen building overall upper body strength.
Ardha Matsyendrasana (Seated Twist Pose): A seated twist, this pose helps add flexibility along the length of the entire spine. It is also good for building side to side flexibility in the neck itself.
Bitilasana (Cow Pose) and Marjariasana (Cat Pose): A gentle flow between cat and cow helps to make the entire length of your spine more flexible. It opens up and creates space in the neck, lengthens your neck and back torso, and offers a good stretch.
Natarajasana(Reclining Twist): This yoga pose improves your posture, stretches the spine, and relieves stress, calming the mind.
Savasana / Corpse Pose: Complete your yoga session with the savasana, to relax the entire body, washing away tension, anxiety, and stress.
Pain Relief Remedies For Neck And Shoulder Pain
Alongside the use of yoga for neck and shoulder pain, you might need some immediate pain relief too. A good pain relief cream or pain relief gel like Omnigel is best suited for this. Simply apply the topical remedy to the affected area of your neck and shoulder and you should feel the pain, stiffness, and inflammation begin to fade. Between your yoga and the use of this pain relief remedy, the movement will start to return to normal and the discomfort will wash away.
Omnigel is a tried and tested remedy for musculoskeletal pains including neck and shoulder pain, sore muscles, joint pain, arthritis, and more. Find out more about Omnigel.