How to Do

How to Do Standing Sternocleidomastoid Stretch

Each standing sternocleidomastoid stretch should begin with good posture to avoid injury. Brace the spine by drawing your lower abdomen inward. Your core muscles should be activated to support your posture as you perform the exercise.

If any pain is experienced, immediately stop this standing sternocleidomastoid stretch.


1. Beginning Sternocleidomastoid Stretch

2. Stand tall with the feet hip-width apart.

3. Roll the shoulders back.

4. Take the right arm behind the back while pressing the right shoulder down.

5. Repeat on the left arm/shoulder. Suck in the tummy in an effort to make the navel touch the spine.


Sternocleidomastoid Stretch Movement

1. Tuck in the chin and bend the head so that the left ear reaches toward the left shoulder.

2. Hold for 20-30 seconds.

3. To improve range of motion, take the left hand and press gently on the right side of the head.

4. Come back to your original position before repeating on the right side.

5. Perform 2-3 repetitions.


Sternocleidomastoid Stretch Benefits

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

Exercise Aliases

how to stretch your neck, neck pain stretches.

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