According to surveys from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer than 20 percent of adults strength-train on a regular basis. Of those who do, an even smaller percentage exercise the cervical spine (neck).
This is a critical oversite, because muscle wasting disease effects the health of your entire body, including your spine. A report from the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois reveals that: over 50 percent of adults have had neck pain in the last year; the incidence of neck pain is increasing in younger ages; females who sit at a desk all day suffer from neck pain proportionately more than males; and people with chronic neck pain use the healthcare system twice as much as the rest of the population.
In an attempt to reduce the economic burden of inactivity and muscle weakness of the U.S.population, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has set a goal to increase the number of us who strength train. This goal is summarized in the “Healthy People 2020” report, stating that one of the biggest challenges Americans face when it comes to strength- training is safety.
Knowing how to strength-train safely is crucial, given that a leading reason why people stop strength-training is injury. And when it comes to neck training, safety is even more important because the delicate structures of the cervical spine (vertebra, muscles, tendons and ligaments) can easily be injured when neck exercises are improperly performed. Proper neck training improves neck flexibility, reduces neck pain and decreases the risk of neck injuries, so a healthy neck reduces doctor’s office visits and the use of drugs to manage pain. Neck training has also been shown to reduce concussions in contact sports.
The Neck Workout at MEDFITNESS improves function, reduces pain and prevents injuries by stretching and strengthening the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the cervical spine. The workout is designed around the Nautilus 4-Way Neck Machine. This machine has an adjustable seat and back for proper fit no matter what your body size, a customized cam that eliminates sticking points allowing you to work the neck muscles through a full range-of-motion, and a weight stack that accommodates one pound progression which allows the trainer to match your strength and ensure safe, consistent progression. The workout is supervised by a certified personal trainer to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness.
To experience the benefits of a Neck Workout at MEDFITNESS, drop by to speak to one of our certified personal trainers. To schedule a Neck Workout call (630) 762-1784.