Chin tucks and cobra stretches are two effective exercises for neck pain, as recommended by Spine-health. Posture influences neck and spine pain, which is often exacerbated by living and working conditions.
Chin tucks are done by standing against a flat wall and pressing the head back until the back of the head touches the wall, with the chin tucked downward, explains Spine-health. Hold the stretch for five seconds, then release. Repeat as necessary.
The cobra stretch begins with the person lying face down, with the forehead on a folded hand towel and arms at the side with palms down on the floor, Spine-health suggests. To do the stretch, pinch the shoulder blades together, and lift the hands off the floor. Roll the elbows in, rotating the palms out and thumbs up. Lift the forehead about an inch off the towel without tipping the head or looking forward.
While neck pain is often caused by activities such as painting overhead, it is also caused by poor ergonomics, according to WebMD. Watching TV, using the computer and reading can result in postural changes that produce long-lasting pain.
If neck pain is accompanied by numbness or a lack of strength, seek medical help. These are symptoms of potentially serious problems, according to Mayo Clinic. A doctor may order imaging, such as an MRI or CT scan, in order to check for nerve impingement or other issues.