Have you ever been driving and instead of glancing over your shoulder - you had to turn/rotate your whole torso because your neck was tight/restricted?
Pains in the neck can be annoying and other times it can feel more serious.
Disclaimer, I am not a doctor or physical therapist and I don't play one on the internet. If your aches and pains require a professional - please go to one and get checked out.
For me 80% of the time not worries. When mine has been a pest in the past, has been when I did a lot of presses (sometimes volume/sometimes max-ish).
Retroactively I have had success in the past doing some type of SMR (video below) after the fact. It was never immediate relief - but gradually felt better and better. Watch the video below - it does feel great and I will occasionally add some sort of upper body SMR following presses because it feels good & I think it helps with recovery.
So that's all fine and dandy most of the time. But when I have gotten a stiff neck is sucks. Your performance is diminished. You might restrict certain movements or events because you don't want to delay the recovery time. So how can you prevent it from happening. Staying true to your form during exercise can help. Practicing get-ups more frequently has helped me. But I believe most of all has been neck mobility/range of motion drills.
Now I will be the first to admit, they look a little silly. In fact my wife busts into laughter every time she sees me doing them. I was shown these drills by martial artists before I was a teenager (yes, long time ago), but I thought they were useless or silly myself. Even a few years ago in a group setting the instructor had us do these as part of a warm-up drill. But I thought I do warm-ups with weights - how could these help? Plus the few times I did try them in the gym, every direction I turned my head, people would start making eye contact with me -it was weird.
Then one day when I was in the gym I met a guy that was in some version of special forces. He traveled semi-often. But every day he was in the gym he would start with these neck drills. He did many more and would do them lying, kneeling, and standing. So I asked him, "Why do you do those & so many of them?" He said, "Because if my neck is stiff and tight, and my ability to move is limited; not only do I put my life in jeopardy - but I put every guy on my team in jeopardy."
Made sense to me. So I started doing them before every pressing session. And believe it or not - it helps well. Normally I will do 10 in each direction. If I need to I will add an extra set. Give it a try before your next pressing session and see if you feel looser afterwards (video below).
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