Exercises to Strengthen the Neck

The following is a group of isometric exercises designed to strengthen your neck muscles. If the procedure causes pain, it is recommended you use less force and reduce the number of repetitions. As you gain strength in the neck, you should be able to increase both the force and number of times you are able to perform the exercises. Do not use any additional weight or devices in neck exercise. An application of moist heat before you start will aid in performance. when doing exercises, do not hold your breath.

1. Press your palms against your forehead and push against each other, resisting motion. Hold for 5 seconds, relax slowly. Do exercise three times. Repeat as recommended by your doctor of chiropractic.

2. Place your hand against the side of your head. Attempt to bring your ear to your shoulder, resisting motion. Repeat exercise on opposite side. Hold for 5 seconds, relax slowly. Do exercise three times. Repeat as recommended by your chiropractor.

3. Cup both hands against the back of your head. Try to push your head back, resisting motion. Hold for 5 seconds, relax slowly. Do exercise three times. Repeat as recommended by your chiropractor.

4. Place your right hand against your right temple. Attempt to turn your chin to your right shoulder, resisting motion. Repeat exercise on opposite side. Hold for 5 seconds, relax slowly. Do exercise three times. Repeat as recommended by your chiropractor.

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