If you are like many people, you probably are frustrated with sagging skin under your neck, often referred to as a double chin. While a double chin often disappears with weight loss, it can still be a problem. This is due to the platysma muscles that control the lower portion of your face getting out of shape, causing skin and fat to sag.
It is important to note that your double chin could be due to a misdiagnosed health condition or injury, especially if it seems like it is not going away with continued exercise. If that is the case, be sure to see your physician to make sure you do not have any underlying problems. Once you have been cleared medically, you can try some of these exercises to reduce your double chin:
Lie on your bed or on the floor with your head flat; do not place your head on your pillow. While lying on the floor, tuck your neck into your chest as close as you can. Keeping your shoulders on the floor or bed, raise your head with your head tucked in and hold that position for five seconds. Rest for a few seconds and then do nine to twelve more sets.
A ceiling kiss is an exercise that allows you to stretch out and strengthen the muscles in your neck. Sit straight with your back against a chair. Lift your head so that you are facing the ceiling. Tilt your chin up to the ceiling as high as you can while puckering your lips so that it appears that you are kissing the ceiling.
Tongue Strengthening Exercises
Using your tongue to help strengthen your platysma muscles may seem odd, but tongue exercises are a great way to help tighten up that muscle and get rid of that double chin. While sitting, look straight forward to the wall in front of you. Be sure that your chin is level, not tipped up or down. Open your mouth as wide as comfortably possible; do not force your mouth to open wider than you can. You could hurt yourself instead of help.
Stick out your tongue, reaching down with it to touch your chin. Try to see how far down you can go until you touch your chin, hold the position for five seconds, then relax. Repeat this exercise ten more times.
If you notice any pain, swelling, or bruising in the area of your chin, make sure you see your doctor, as you could have a health problem or injury that could benefit from further treatment. Doing some of these exercises can help get the platysma muscles back in shape and tighten up the loose skin that causes your chin to droop. Keep in mind that while you may see a difference, do not expect to see results immediately.
If you need the help of a professional, contact a company like Peak Physical Therapy of Brooklyn with any questions you have.