Standing sternocleidomastoid stretch

STRETCH

What is it and benefits?

Sternocleidomastoid is a beginner exercise that increases flexibility in the back and neck.


Who should perform it?

This exercise may be performed by healthy exercisers who are able to bend the head over to one side without pain or physical limitations.


Getting Started:

Stand tall with the feet hip-width apart. Roll the shoulders back. Take the right arm behind the back while pressing the right shoulder down. Repeat on the left arm/shoulder. Suck in the tummy in an effort to make the navel touch the spine.


How to Do the Exercise:

Tuck in the chin and bend the head so that the left ear reaches toward the left shoulder. Hold for 20-30 seconds. To improve range of motion, take the left hand and press gently on the right side of the head. Come back to your original position before repeating on the right side. Perform 2-3 repetitions.


Be Safe!

While performing this exercise, be careful not to apply pressure to the head. Maintain good form throughout.


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