CSPM03 Stretches of front and back neck muscles

Function:

To increase mobility and reduce tension in the neck by lengthening and relaxing the local muscles.

Method

Starting Position:

Stand with feet apart or sit on a stable chair with your head in neutral position.

Action:

Slowly and in a controlled manner allow your head to tilt backwards in an attempt to look at the ceiling and take a deep breath. Hold this position for 5-10 seconds. Return to the neutral position and then drop your chin onto your chest and take a deep breath. Hold for 5-10 seconds and return to the neutral position. Repeat as advised.

Notes:

Do not perform this exercise without advice from your osteopath. An alternative stretch is to assist the flexion and extension with a gentle push from your hand (see CSPM04)