Stretching the muscles on the front side of the neck with assistance of a second person

This exercise is ideal to exercise, if you suffer from pain in the area of your cervical or thoracic spine, head or shoulders. People who have a sedentary job should exercise it preventively.


Goal of the exercise:

  • Improved mobility of the cervical spine
  • Elimination of incorrect head posture (pushed forward)
Default position
  • Lay on your back
  • Keep your head over the edge of the massaging table/table, so that when you are rotating your head, your ear should touch the edge of the table
  • (Therapist) place your hands on the muscle located in the area where the collarbone is joined with the sternum bone
Phase 1
  • During autotherapy look upwards and keep breathing regularly
  • If someone helps you perform this exercise, remain passive, therapist will try to gently stretch out the muscle by a contact from your lower jaw and collarbone on the opposite side
  • During this exercise, you can make it more intensive and direct your eyes upwards and with subsequent relief and straightening your sight in front of yourself exhale
  • During autotherapy straighten your eyesight in front of yourself with exhale

Common mistakes

  • The head is bending, not rotating
  • The head is too much or not enough over the edge of the table
  • You don’t do the activating part by pointing your eyes upwards
  • Holding your breath
  • Too big pressure of the treating person

How often to exercise

  • You can exercise daily
  • It is ideal to stay in the position for 30 - 60 seconds
  • Repeat it 3 times

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