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Simple exercises from a book called – What Works by Dava Sobel and Arthur Klein

Easy to do anywhere

For jaw pain: Mouth all the vowels—A-E-I-O-U—in an exaggerated manner to stretch the jaw muscles.

For neck pain: Do the head roll by tilting your head to the right as though you were trying to touch your ear to your shoulder, without lifting your shoulder. Then slowly circle your head forward until your chin reaches your chest. Then start circling back so that your left ear is close to your left shoulder. Finally, tilt your head back before returning to the normal position.

For shoulder pain : Stretch your shoulders by shrugging them, either one at a time or together.

For elbow pain : Let your arms rest straight down at your sides, with the palms facing the body. Bend and lift your elbows as you tuck your hands into your armpits. Also try to touch your thumbs to your shoulders.

For wrist pain: Rotate your wrist with your hand and forearm flat on a table or bed. Rotate your hand towards you as far as you can go, then rotate it back in the other direction.

For hand and finger pain : Rest your hand on a flat surface with the palm down. Spread your fingers as wide apart as they will go, then draw your fingers together again, keeping your hand flat.

For back pain : Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat. Bring one knee toward your chest as far as you can go. Return your knee to the starting position and then straighten your leg so it rests flat. Wobble your leg to relax, then return to the bent knee position. Repeat with the other leg.

For hip pain: Lie on your back, knees bent and feet flat. Straighten one leg and lift it as high as you can. Lower it slowly and repeat with the other leg.