i mostly focused on exercising and strengthening the back of the head. To do this, I frequently put my hands behind my head and resist my head against my hands. Or I would lean against a wall and try to work the back of my head that way. I did this thinking that my computer habits were stretching out the back of my neck too much. But maybe it wasn’t as much of a problem as I perceived.
When the pain and stiffness started, I was very immobile. I had to turn my whole body to look behind me. It was tough moving in such a cautious way. One young person called me an old man. I felt very much like a stiff old man who couldn’t move much. My stiff neck is probably a sign of things to come.
When I started exercising the sides of the neck, I noticed a temporary improvement to my pain. Right after warming up the sides, I instantly got the ability to move my head more normally. It was still painful to exercise the back of my head.
Then I tried exercising the front of my neck on the picnic table. It was an exercise I have never done before, and I had to do it gently. The neck requires very gentle work, for the most part. I have seen products for sale that are supposed to fasten underneath the chin. So when I bent over the picnic table, I put my hands under my chin and gently resisted. I felt a new kind of stretch that I was not familiar with and it seemed to help a little more.
I learned that all sides of the neck need to be worked equally -not just the back of it.