Is it safe to foam roll the cervical spine?

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No, the cervical spine is an area that should be avoided when foam rolling. A foam roller requires you to lay on top of it and use your body weight to apply pressure to the muscle. The muscles and vertebrae of the neck are too small to support your entire body weight. In addition, you could accidently apply too much pressure to the carotid arteries and stop blood flow to the brain. Hands-on massage or certain massage devices and/or static stretches (stretches that are held for 30 seconds) are a safer option for increasing the flexibility of the cervical spine.

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