To increase mobility and reduce tension in the neck by lengthening and relaxing the local muscles.
Stand with feet apart or sit on a stable chair with your head in neutral position.
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.
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)