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Mobility: "Head Turn"

Directions: Perform my Dynamic Warm-Up exercises at “beginning” of workout for maximum benefit and improvement.
Pick a safe level; never be unsafe or exceed your capacity to “control” your body!

Head Turn-1    Head Turn-2    Head Turn-3

OBJECTIVE: Open up vertebrae & muscles in neck.

  1. Stand upright and “tall” with good posture.

  2. Turn head and neck ONLY as you look over one shoulder as far as possible without compensation.

  3. Pause briefly then alternate as you look in opposite direction.

  4. Perform 5-10 reps on each side.

  5. Do NOT compensate for tight neck by twisting whole body!

Exercise Figure Tips: This one is about as simple as you can get yet incredibly has a really high ROE (Return on Exercise).  Make sure you do NOT turn your shoulders, back, and hips as you turn your head!  If you're locked up, just get the best range of motion you can.

  • Many people have a really hard time with this one because their necks are so locked up they cannot simply rotate left and right with compensation.  Do this one right and you'll feel a difference in just a couple of weeks from my experience.  This exercise has been helpful for my seniors and has even helped them drive better because they have restored enough functional mobility to look over their shoulders.

  • Other Neck Mobility exercises I use successfully are the Head Tilt and Head 1/2 Roll.

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*Note: This exercise is intended for "normal healthy" individuals.  If you have an injury, or abnormal pain is present,
see your physician or a certified physical therapist before continuing your exercises. 

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(Updated 11.30.07)

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