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Neck Stretches

With the head in a neutral position, relax your shoulders. You may want to review the shoulder stretch page, and stretch the shoulders prior to stretching the neck. Often, neck muscles are tight because the powerful shoulder muscles are tight and tense. To review, click this link: Shoulder Stretches


Drop your chin to your chest, but don't move your body. Hold for a few moments to feel the muscles let go of the tension.

Bring your head slowly back. Again, hold and feel the stretch. Keep your mouth closed. Breath through your nose. Relax the tension you feel in your throat.


Bring your head back to center (picture on left at top of page). Then drop your left ear to your left shoulder, without lifting the shoulder, as in the picture on the right above.


Next, slowly move your head to the right, and hold on that side for a few moments.


Now, roll the head in a slow circle several times one way, then several times the other way. Do not move your shoulders. Keep the mouth closed, keep your eyes open when rolling to prevent dizziness, which may or not be a problem for some people. Breath through your nose.

Return your head to the neutral position.

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It is possible to injure onself in any physical activity. Consult your physician if in doubt about your physical condition before embarking on a stretching program. The author of howtostretch.com accepts no liability for any injuries sustained while practicing any of the stretches described within.

 

 

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