Video 2 – The Neck – Part II

Video 2 The Neck – Part II

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The bones of the neck, collectively known as the cervical spine, consists of 7 vertebrae. Most of the range of motion in the neck comes from the movement of the first and second vertebra or C-1 and C-2 also called the atlas and the axis. These two vertebrae make possible the flexion and extension of the head when nodding or moving the head up and down as when saying yes. They also facilitate the rotation of the skull to the sides as when saying no.

Tilting the head sideways or lateral flexion, involves most of the vertebrae of the cervical spine.

If any of these exercises causes you pain, tingling, numbness or other abnormality, immediately discontinue and contact your physician. Also, let us know so that we can modify the exercises for you.

Take your time with these exercises. If there is excessive muscular tension on the neck, you may consider massage therapy. It also helps to practice the neck exercises while taking a shower with warm water.

It is also very important to keep the neck covered during the winter and after a workout. If your neck is exposed to wind immediately after a hot shower, a massage or a hard workout, it is possible for the muscles of the neck to tighten in response to the wind’s cold. This can lead to neck stiffness and loss of range of motion.

You should also avoid air condition vents or fans blowing directly on your head while sleeping or if sitting in one location for a prolonged amount of time. Wind can cause the pores of the skin to tighten leading to tension on the fascia and eventually to the muscles.

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