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Whats the best exercise to strengthen neck?

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Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Postural exercises

There is no one exercise that is best for the neck.
For most people, there are a few that are helpful depending on if the exercises are being done for prevention or treatment of injuries. A physical therapist can teach you how to isolate the deep flexors and extensors. Postural alignment exercises (i.e. Chin tuck maneuver) are part of a functional prevention and treatment regimen.

In brief: Postural exercises

There is no one exercise that is best for the neck.
For most people, there are a few that are helpful depending on if the exercises are being done for prevention or treatment of injuries. A physical therapist can teach you how to isolate the deep flexors and extensors. Postural alignment exercises (i.e. Chin tuck maneuver) are part of a functional prevention and treatment regimen.
Dr. Lauren Elson
Dr. Lauren Elson
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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Be careful

Be careful with neck strengthening as they can make neck problems worse.
Working with a pt or trainer who is trained on this area of the body can be very beneficial. Resisted motion using a towel (bending forward, backward, to each side) can be used - trainers know how much tension to put on the towel. Rolling the neck is almost never a good thing - alwas return to neural before bending again.

In brief: Be careful

Be careful with neck strengthening as they can make neck problems worse.
Working with a pt or trainer who is trained on this area of the body can be very beneficial. Resisted motion using a towel (bending forward, backward, to each side) can be used - trainers know how much tension to put on the towel. Rolling the neck is almost never a good thing - alwas return to neural before bending again.
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Isometric

A pt can give you a home program avoid extension facet or muscle pain.

In brief: Isometric

A pt can give you a home program avoid extension facet or muscle pain.
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