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5 Of The Best Stretches To Help Your Neck On Long Car Journeys This Summer

young woman rubbing her neck, feeling sore after long drive

Do you suffer from a sore neck or back whilst driving? These simple stretches can prevent stiffness on long journeys this summer. 

Yoga teachers, Eloise Skinner and Daisy Proctor with the help of car rental experts Sixt, offer up their advice on the simple poses you can practise, behind the wheel and before embarking on your next car journey. 

  1. Forward fold 

Perfect for outside of the car or whilst stopping at the service station, a forward fold is great for calming the mind and deeply stretching and lengthening the hamstrings and calves. 

Stand tall, then exhale as you bend forward at the hips, lengthening the front of your torso. Bend your elbows and hold on to each elbow with the opposite hand.

Let the crown of your head hang down. Keep a slight bend in your knees. Breathe and stay here for a few moments.

To release, place your hands on your hips. Draw down through your tailbone and keep your back flat as you inhale and return to stand. 

Take your time to unravel, starting with your tailbone, then your lower back, mid-back, upper back and neck. When you get to the top, take a few slow rolls of your shoulders up, back, down and round.

  1. Neck rolls 

Perfect for both the passenger and the driver, neck rolls relieve tightness and soreness in the neck. 

Brace your core and pull your shoulders down and back. Tip your head gently to the right side, lowering your ear toward your right shoulder.

Hold the stretch there. Roll your head gently forward, dropping your chin toward your chest. Hold. Then finish with the left side. 

Repeat an equal number on both sides.

  1. Modified seated cat and cow 

To release tension of the neck, spine, shoulders and back a modified seated cat and cow can work wonders. 

Inhale deeply while curving your lower back and bringing your head up, tilting your pelvis up like a “cow.” Exhale deeply and bring your abdomen in, arching your spine and bringing your head and pelvis down like a “cat.” Repeat several times.

  1. Eagle pose arms

If you’re a passenger on the journey, this stretch is great for targeting the upper back. 

Reach both arms out in front of you and wrap your left arm over your right, crossing the left elbow over the right upper arm. Place the back of hands or palms together. If this is too much for you, give yourself a hug, hands to shoulders. 

  1. Wrist rotations

For wrists, try gentle rotations in small circles – one way for a few rotations, then reverse.

You can also try a supported stretch – use one hand to gently bend back the palm of your other hand until you feel the stretch in your wrist. Repeat on both sides.

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