What is the purpose of the hand-on-head exercise?

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To perform the hand-on-head exercise, place your hand on top of your head and shrug your shoulder. Let the weight of your arm rest on your head. Relax your arm while maintaining your shrugged shoulder. Keep your head in a neutral position, with
the head tucked in, and in line with the shoulders.



Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy
The hand-on-head exercise activates the upper trapezius (a large muscle group of the shoulder, neck and upper back), elevates the shoulder blade, and helps teach you to use your shoulder blade when reaching up with your arm. You can do it almost anywhere.
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