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

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.

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
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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