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Exercises to combat neck pain

There's a way to combat neck pain through simple exercises.

Many of us spend our workdays sitting and typing away through the day.

But our bodies, and especially our necks, take a toll as we sit in that position.

"We all use a keyboard and a computer, so we're hunched over sometimes, and that's putting a lot of stress on the neck and the shoulders," says Natalie Olorundami Hughes, Wellness Specialist with Mercy Medical Center.

Believe it or not, your head weighs about ten pounds on its own, and it's held up by only the neck ten inches above the shoulders.

That's a lot of weight on your shoulders.

There is a way to alleviate that pain, and that is through neck exercises.

"There are basic neck loosening up exercises that you can do. Our neck really moves in three different areas, so just going side to side will stretch out the neck, we can look up and down, and then we can rotate as well," says Hughes.

You can use other exercises to strengthen your neck as well, and they don't have to be time consuming.

"You don't need to make it complicated, and you don't need to research tons and tons of them. A lot of the basic ones we showed today are going to really get the most bank for your buck, and you're going to get what you need out of it," says Hughes.

While these exercises are a great idea for occasional neck pain, it is always recommended to see a doctor if your neck pain persists.

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