Lateral Neck Stretch
• Sit or stand upright
• Look forward
• Place your hands behind your back
• Slowly move your ear towards your shoulder
Primary muscles: Levator scapulae. Trapezius.
Secondary muscles: Sternocleidomastoideus. Scalenus anterior, medius and posterior.
Injury where stretch may be useful: Neck muscle strain. Whiplash (neck sprain). Cervical nerve stretch syndrome. Wry neck (acute torticollis).
Note: Keep your shoulders relaxed and your hands behind your back. Avoid lifting your shoulders when you tilt your head sideways.