Today, while driving, I was tilting my head to look up at the rear view mirror and then looked down to my left pants pocket to grab my wallet. I found that this movement loosen up my neck muscles and will be today’s quick neck exercises. These small movements work on the neck joints and facets.
The tilting of the head opens up the opposite side of the neck and relieves pressure off the cervical or neck joints. The diagonal movements help to keep your head and neck flexible. These diagonal neck exercises can also help with neck tension relief by making sure your neck muscles are loose.
There are two ways to do these diagonal neck exercises – one way is to tilt your head 45 degrees and move your head or to draw an ‘X’ with your nose. I’ll describe the diagonal neck exercise in just a moment and you can do them in sitting, standing, while at the computer or even driving, like I did.
Diagonal Neck Exercises:
- Breathe in
- Perform a chin tuck by bringing your chin towards your shoulder blades
- Be sure to look straight ahead
- Tilt your right ear towards your shoulders at a 45 degree angle
- Maintain your glance straight ahead
- With the tip of your nose – lead the head towards the top left corner of the ceiling
- Then bring your nose and bring your head towards your right under arm
- Breathe out
- Have your eyes follow the direction up and to the corner, then down and in
- Switch to the left and reverse the movements
- Repeat each side 10 times
There should be no pain in any direction with these head and neck movements. These diagonal neck exercises should be slow, smooth and controlled. If you begin to get dizzy, avoid tilting your head as far. Be sure that your jaw is relaxed and that your shoulders are down to get the maximum effect. The ‘X’ neck exercises will be described at a later time. Enjoy and try these out.