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Neck Exercises Blog, A Guide to a Better Neck Posture

Hello and welcome to Neck Exercises. I am glad you want to take care of your neck. Whether you have neck pain, tension, stress or discomfort, neck exercises can help. Making small adjustments each day to include neck exercises, stretch exercises, or a neck workout, will gradually improve your neck health and quality of life. Let's get started!

Neck Workout: Rotation and Clock

Do you ever feel stiff looking over your shoulders? Do you ever feel you need to do more than just turning your head to release neck tension? How about combining some neck exercises to give you more range of motion as a neck workout? Here I will talk about taking your neck rotation and adding a head or face clock. You can do these neck exercises through the whole range of your neck rotations.

Sometimes, just turning your head left or right doesn’t quite give you the relief you would like. I’ve added a new twist to the normal neck rotation neck exercise. The neck muscles that help rotate your head are: transversospinalis rotatores, splenius capitis, sternocleidomastoid (SCM) and levator scapula. The transversospinalis rotatores and SCM rotate the head to the opposite side where as splenius capitis and levator scapula rotate the head to the same side.

You can do this neck workout sitting or standing. I’ll describe the neck rotation and face clock in sitting. When doing the head or face clock portion of the neck exercise, think of 12 o’clock above your forehead, 3 o’clock your left ear, 6 o’clock below your chin and 9 o’clock your right ear. When doing the neck rotation, be sure to go as far as you are comfortable without any neck pain. Let’s begin!

Sitting Position:

  • Feet flat on the floor
  • Sit up tall
  • Your chest up and towards the wall in front of you
  • Do shoulder blade pinches by squeezing them together
  • Rest your hands in your lap
  • Drop your shoulders away from your ears
  • Perform a chin tuck by bring your chin back towards your shoulder blades
  • Relax your jaw
  • Eyes looking straight ahead

Neck Workout: Rotation and Clock

  • Breathe in
  • Lead with your nose and turn towards your right shoulder
  • Breathe out
  • Do a face clock by starting at 12 o’clock
  • Repeat 10 times
  • Reverse and go counter clockwise
  • Repeat 10 times
  • Breathe in
  • Turn your head to your left shoulder
  • Breathe out
  • Perform a face clock
  • Repeat 10 times
  • Reverse the direction and go counter clockwise
  • Repeat 10 times
  • Return your head back to the starting position
  • Repeat this neck workout 10 times

There should be no pain or discomfort with this neck workout. If you begin to feel dizzy, stop and avoid rotating all the way to your shoulder. After this neck workout, you should feel your neck looser. Any neck tension or stiffness should be less than when you first started. Other neck workouts will be described at a later time. Enjoy your neck workout today.  

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Neck Flexor Stretch Exercises

Ever feel that the front of your neck may need stretching? Are you looking up at the ceiling a lot? Do you ever lean back in your chair and bring your head back to look up at the ceiling? Why not add front neck stretch exercises to your daily routine? Doing neck flexor stretch exercises will help to relieve neck tension and keep your head flexible. 

Not sure if you have the time to do stretch exercises in your day? I’m pretty sure you do the motions of bringing your head back, now just add a bit of pressure as part of neck exercises. So simple to do and no one knows you are actually doing a stretch. These stretch exercises can’t get any easier than this.

The front neck muscles that are used in these stretch exercises are the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) and scalene. These two front neck muscles help to bring your chin towards your chest. The neck muscles that help bring the head back are longissimus capitis, semispinalis capitis and splenius capitis. These are small neck muscles in the back and side of your head. 

These neck flexors or front neck muscle stretch exercises can be done sitting or standing. Some may feel these stretch exercises more when sitting. The reason being is that when looking up, you are not worried about losing your balance and falling backwards. I’ll describe these neck flexor stretch exercises in sitting. Let’s begin!

Sitting Position:

  • Feet flat on the floor
  • Sit up in the chair
  • Rest your hands by your side
  • Relax your shoulders
  • Be sure to bring your chin back towards your shoulders
  • Your eyes should be looking straight ahead

Neck Flexor Stretch Exercises:

  • Breathe in
  • Interlock your fingers together
  • Tilt your head back and have your chin point towards the ceiling
  • Place the palms of your hands on to your forehead
  • Press your hands gently down onto your head 
  • Breathe out
  • Hold for 10 seconds
  • Bring your head back to the starting position
  • Repeat 3 times

Be sure to avoid raising your shoulders with this neck exercise.  You also want to have you mouth closed for these stretch exercises. If your mouth is open, you will lose the effect of the stretch. There should be no pain with any stretch exercises. If you begin to feel dizzy, don’t tilt your head back as much. The standing position will be described at a later time. 

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