Neck Exercises & Stretches

Deep Breathing

  1. while standing, or in an otherwise relaxed position
  2. place one hand on the abdomen and one on the chest
  3. inhale slowly through the nose
  4. hold for 4 seconds
  5. exhale slowly through the mouth
  6. repeat

Cable Stretch

  1. while sitting with chin in, stomach in, shoulders relaxed, hands relaxed in lap, and feet flat on the floor, imagine a cable pulling the head upward
  2. hold for 3 seconds and relax
  3. repeat 3 times

Sidebend: Neck StretchSide Bend: Neck Stretch

  1. tilt head to one side (ear towards shoulder)
  2. hold for 15 seconds
  3. relax
  4. repeat 3 times on each side

 

 

 

Diagonal Neck StretchDiagonal Neck Stretch

  1. turn head slightly and then look down as if looking in your pocket
  2. hold for 15 seconds
  3. relax
  4. repeat 3 times on each side

 

 

 

 

Shoulder ShrugShoulder Shrug

  1. slowly bring shoulders up to the ears and hold for approx 3 seconds
  2. rotate shoulders back and down
  3. repeat 10 times

 

 

 

 

Executive StretchExecutive Stretch

  1. while sitting, lock hands behind head
  2. bring elbows back as far as possible
  3. inhale deeply while leaning back and stretching
  4. hold for 20 seconds
  5. exhale and relax
  6. repeat 1 time

 

 

 

Foot RotationFoot Rotation

  1. while sitting, slowly rotate each foot from the ankle
  2. rotate 3 times in one direction, then 3 times in the opposite direction
  3. relax
  4. repeat 1 time

Hand Shake

  1. while sitting, drop arms to the side
  2. shake hands downward gently
  3. repeat frequently

Hand Massage (Note: Perform very gently!)

  1. massage the inside and outside of the hand using the thumb and fingers
  2. repeat frequently (including before beginning work)

Finger Massage (Note: Perform very gently!)

  1. massage fingers of each hand individually, slowly, and gently
  2. move toward nail gently
  3. massage space between fingers
  4. perform daily

Wrist Stretch

  1. hold arm straight out in front of you
  2. pull the hand backwards with the other hand, then pull downward
  3. hold for 20 seconds
  4. relax
  5. repeat 3 times each

Wrist Stretch UpWrist Stretch Down

Source: National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov)


Last Editorial Review: 5/21/2008



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