Dealing With Neck Stiffness?

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Written by: Sasha Guay, Registered Physiotherapist, MSc(PT)

SNAGs are “Sustained Natural Apophyseal Glides” which help the natural glide of the joints in the neck move more through the end ranges of motion. Try a SNAG going in the direct of your neck stiffness for 5 sets of 8. If it doesn’t feel comfortable or it doesn’t help, you can switch the direction of the belt and continue to rotate your neck to the direction that is stiff. This is a great at home exercise you can do to improve your neck range of motion. This should be a PAIN-FREE movement. Be sure to consult with a physiotherapist before trying a SNAG.

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Sasha Guay MSc(PT)
Registered Physiotherapist

Sasha joined the GRSM team in May 2019. She completed her Sports Physiotherapy Fellowship at the University of Guelph, following her Masters in Physiotherapy at Queen’s. She is in the process of completing her manual therapy levels and is looking forward to obtaining her acupuncture certification. She is passionate about working with athletes and has enjoyed working with a Minor Midget AAA hockey team, varsity lacrosse at the University of Guelph and Western, as well as rugby clubs at International events. She’s excited to work in the GRSM atmosphere, as she comes from a background of sport herself. She played varsity rugby at the University of Western Ontario while completing her undergrad in Kinesiology. She has competed in a variety of other sports, such as hockey, soccer and field hockey. Passions outside of physiotherapy include hiking, spending time with her friends, family and dog, cooking and interval training.

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