Sore Throat After Dental Work

Hey there, it’s Ildi from NeuroCentric Health and Fitness. Today, I want to share with you the ultimate stretch that will help ease the tension in your neck and jaw after a dental visit. We all know that feeling of discomfort after spending time at the dentist, with our head pushed back and our jaws open for what seems like an eternity. Well, I’m here to tell you that there’s a simple solution!

Sore Throat After Dental Work
Sore Throat After Dental Work

The Best Stretch for Neck and Jaw Tension

Let’s dive right into it. This stretch targets the muscles around your neck and jawbone, specifically focusing on the seven vertebrae in your cervical spine. To do this stretch effectively, locate the upper cervical vertebrae, which I’ve highlighted with blue smiley faces in the image below.

Cervical Spine

From that point, gently flex your neck by tucking your chin inwards, creating what may look like a triple chin. Don’t worry, it’s not the most glamorous pose, but trust me, it works wonders. Next, tilt your head away from the side you’re stretching. For example, if you’re targeting the left side of your neck, tilt towards the right.

Now, Let’s Add Some Movement

After the initial tuck and tilt, it’s time to move onto the third step: full cervical flexion. Starting from the bottom vertebrae, where the pinky sticker is in the image, fully flex your cervical spine. Finally, open your jaw and move your lower jaw towards the side opposite to the one you’re stretching.

Vertebrae

Hold this position and you might already feel a gentle stretch. Using your left hand, reach down towards the floor while keeping your jaw slightly slid to the right. With your neck positioned like this, give it a slight nod. You’ll feel an incredible stretch on the left side of your body.

Benefits Beyond Dental Visits

Apart from relieving tension after dental work, this stretch can also benefit you in other situations. For example, when you’re at the hairdresser’s with your head tilted back for a hair wash, or when you wake up with a stiff neck. It’s a versatile stretch that can help alleviate tightness and prevent injuries.

Remember, it’s essential to do the opposite movements if you’re stretching the right side of your body. Take your time and focus on each step to experience maximum effectiveness.

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Now, say goodbye to sore throats after dental work and hello to a happier, healthier you!

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