We therefore, run the risk of irritating those vertebrae, compressing the shortened side even more and pinching nerves.
Here is a safe and gentle way to lengthen and decompress the sides of your neck:
First make sure you are sitting comfortably and evenly on each hip. This should be done GENTLY and SLOWLY so as not to elicit tension or pain. Breath in and gently bring your shoulders up toward your ears. Breath out, and gently lower your shoulders.
1. Breath in and slowly bring your Right ear and your Right shoulder closer together. Breath out and gently bring your ear and shoulder back to its resting place. Do this 5 times, making sure you are not forcing or pulling anything. It needs to be done without symptoms.
2. Notice the difference you feel on your Right side from your Left side of your neck.
3. Repeat this movement on the Left side.
4. You will notice a generalized improved mobility in the sides of your neck! Amazing!
Here is a wonderful YouTube video showing another way to reduce neck pain by involving the whole spine! It takes only 2 minutes but you will immediately notice an improvement in mobility. You will be amazed at how moving mindfully gets the results you want without stretching.