Neck Pain Exercise Video: Side-to-Side Head Rotation

Purpose
Side-to-side head rotations may help decrease tightness in the sides and back of your neck.  They will also help increase mobility in your neck.

Recommended exercise for the following spinal condition(s)
Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
Cervical Spondylosis
Whiplash

Instructions
You can do side-to-side head rotations while on your back, standing, or sitting (that means you can even do these at the office).

  • Rotate your chin towards your right shoulder.
  • Hold 20 seconds.
  • You may use your hand to push your head farther into the stretch.
  • Bring your head back to the center, and then rotate it to the left, again holding 20 seconds.
  • Repeat 3-5 times on each side. 

Disclaimer
Only do the exercise shown in this video if a qualified spine specialist has recommended it.  Only do the exercise within the limits that your spine specialist has advised.  Do not do the exercise without your spine specialist's approval; it could lead to serious injury.  Always contact your spine specialist if you have any questions regarding your back or neck condition or about the suitability of this specific exercise.

Updated on: 06/13/14
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