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Neck Pain: A Two-Minute Cure

If long hours hunched at your desk have left you with neck or shoulder pain, a simple move may fix it fast. A Danish study found that doing lateral arm raises with resistance bands for as little as two minutes daily significantly eased pain in 10 weeks or less. Try it yourself — you’ll need a light- or medium-weight resistance band with handles

Step 1

Stand on the middle of the band, with your feet about 10 inches apart. Alternatively, you can place your right foot on the center of the band, with your left foot behind you and your knees slightly bent. Hold the ends to each side and slightly in front of you, flexing your elbows gently.

Step 2

Keeping your elbows flexed, lift your arms to shoulder height. Your arms should be at about 30 degrees in front of you. Then, lower your arms back to the starting position. Repeat as many times as you can in two minutes.

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