Neck Lateral Flexion – Pillow Exercise

Neck Lateral Flexion - Hand Resistance

Position:
Seated or standing.

Movement:
The goal of this exercise is to contract the lateral neck muscles without allowing movement of the head. Place your hand on the side of the head. Then, gently push the head into your hand (in the direction of bring the ear to the same side shoulder). Provide enough resistance with your hand so that your head is not able to laterally flex. Gradually increase the pressure with the head to a comfortable tolerance, hold this pressure for ___ seconds*, and gradually relax. Then, perform on the opposite side.

Important Tip:
If you have problems with balance or dizziness, perform this stretch in the seated position.

Repetitions and Sets:
*See personalized exercise prescription sheet.

IMPORTANT: If this or any other stretch/exercise causes pain, tingling, numbness or other abnormality discontinue and contact our office immediately. The exercises/stretches contained within this website are solely for the use of existing, active patients of our clinic who have received a prescription for these exercises/stretches. Other individuals do not have our permission to perform the exercises/stretches contained within and should not attempt to do so. Attempting to perform these exercises/stretches, unless explicitly prescribed by our office, could result in serious injury or a worsening of existing conditions.