Neck Pain Prevention: Side Bending Exercise Video

Purpose
The side bending stretch will help decrease tightness in the sides of your neck.  It will also help increase mobility in your neck.

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

  • Tilt your head to the right, bringing your ear close to the shoulder. You may use your hand to pull your head farther into the stretch.
  • Hold 20 seconds.
  • Bring your head back to the center, and then tilt it to the left, again holding 20 seconds.
  • Repeat 3-5 times on each side.

Disclaimer
This exercise may not be appropriate for all types of pain.  If you experience increased pain while doing this exercise, stop immediately and call your spine specialist.  Always contact your spine specialist if you have any questions regarding your back or neck pain or about the suitability of this specific exercise.

Updated on: 06/13/14
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