What exercises can one do to relieve a stiff neck? First know the difference between a stiff neck and neck pain. If pain travels down your arm, you have numbness in your arm or fingers, you should see a doctor. Stiffness in the neck is very common. Especially since we all look down at are cell phones constantly. There are a few exercises that one can do, even during the day. If these exercises cause you more pain, you should stop. Doing shoulder rolls is a great way to relieve a stiff neck, if doing two shoulders at once hurts, try rolling one shoulder at a time. You can also do head turns and chin drops.