How should I do neck lateral bending exercises?

Neck lateral flexion exercise is done in the standing position and with a movement of bringing the right ear to the right shoulder and left ear to left shoulder. This exercise can be made more difficult by performing the movement against resistance.

Gerald M. Silverman
Chiropractic Medicine
For side bending or lateral flexion of the neck, gently lean your head to one side as if you were trying to touch your ear to the base of your neck on the same side. Lean only as far as you comfortably can. Do not try to touch your ear as far out as your shoulder. Leaning your head too far out to one side will probably cause muscle strain on the opposite side and will not increase any joint movement. Ideally, you want to keep the center of your head over the center of your spine. When you feel any tightness or pulling on the opposite side, or compression and pinching on the same side, stop and hold the position for three seconds. Slowly return to the neutral position. Repeat five to seven times, trying to notice a slight increase in the movement with each repetition. Then carefully lean your head in the opposite direction and gently complete another five to seven repetitions in that direction. Finally, finish the side-to-side bending series by slowly combining the two movements.
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