How to Do Neck Exercises for Physical Therapy


Simple, yet effective neck exercises for physical therapy to end neck pain.

How to do Neck Exercises for Physical Therapy

  • Gently lower your head, hold a few seconds, then bring it back up again, holding a few seconds. Breathe in and out deeply, while lowering and rising your head.

  • Drop your head down again. Roll your head to one side and then to the other, very gentle. You may feel a light stretch.

  • Raise your head and let it fall back gently and again, roll your head to one side and then to the other very gently.

  • Stick your head out as far as you can and then bring it back and tuck underneath your chin, repeat a few times.

  • Bring in your shoulders and then back out again, squeezing your shoulder blades while you are doing it, back and forward about five times and then end with it nice and back.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you have good posture by keeping your head and back straight, your shoulders back.
  • Stop, if you feel more pain than a good stretch.
  • You can do these exercises in the morning to relieve stiffness or pain, and again at night, before going to bed.
  • Do not try to attempt these exercises if you have a pinched nerve or suspect one, call your doctor first to prevent further damage.

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