Clients will often inform me of doing regular stretching for their necks to no avail. Well, that's weird!
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But how does strengthening the neck work? Well, for the love of all that's mighty, please refrain from the gym bro neck extensions which are more likely to leave you with a massive kink in the neck and splitting headache.
Figure 2.0: No.
Instead, applicable strength through the neck will majorly come from the deep flexors at the front of your neck, which tend to be underutilized in many of our sedentary lifestyles.
Progressions exist, but this is a starting step. If you have neck pain, strengthening to keep the joints secure is the key; not just excessive stretching. Go gentle, be mindful, and give your neck muscles a reason to feel relaxed.