Stretching & Flexibility/neck retraction


     Was wondering what the reason I experience discomfort/pain when I retract my head (move it posteriorly) I know it is bad to keep the head in a protracted position, but why is it that all I eel is that i am jamming things things up? Also, what is your take on active release and graston technique? Thanks!!

Hi Rick,

Without being able to consult with you personally I couldn't offer you anything more than a guess, and that may do you more harm than good. I suggest you see a osteopath or a chiropractor.

Active release is very good, although a well trained osteopath or massage therapist can be just as effective. I haven't had any "hands-on" experience with graston technique, but from what I read it can be very effective. Like most forms of therapy; the therapist is more important than the treatment. In other words, an okay massage therapist will be better than a poor active release therapist.

I hope the above has been helpful. For more information on stretching, flexibility and sports injury management, visit Injury Fix.

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