Neck Extensor Stretch
Sit or stand upright. Interlock hands on the back of the head near the crown. Lightly pull the head straight down and try to touch the chin to the chest.
Affected Body Part:Most-stretched muscle
: Upper trapezius. Lesser-stretched muscles:
Longissimus capitis, semispinalis capitis, splenius capitis, scalene.
You can do this stretch either while sitting or while standing. A greater stretch is applied when seated. Standing reduces the ability to stretch because reflexes come into play to prevent a loss of balance. During the stretch, make sure not to reduce the stretch by hunching up the shoulders. Also, keep the neck as straight as possible (no curving). Try to touch the chin to the lowest possible point on the chest.