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How to Strengthen Posterior Neck Muscles

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  1. Sitting Neck Exercises - move your neck forward and backward, side to side, twisting and diagonally.Do this once a week or two, but regularly. If you are upright, these exercises will not strengthen your neck muscles much. You could tense your neck muscles while do these exercises and have a strengthening effect.
  2. Anterior Neck Exercise - lying in bed flat and without a pillow, twist your head from side to side at least 15 times.Lift your head an inch up when doing this. This exercise can be done at the edge of the bed and with your head in line with your body. For a change in routine, do the isometric version which has no head movement, merely lift your head up an inch when horizontal for 20 seconds or so. Doing this exercise with movement, besides using a little more muscle, measures effort by repetitions. When twisting your head, turning to the left then right would be a repetition, and as suggested do this fro 15 repetitions. Tilting your head can be done as well.
  3. Posterior Neck Exercise - while sitting in a chair, clasp your fingers behind your head and "lean" your head gently back, into your clasped hand, for ten seconds.Throughout this exercise, your head and body should be still. Repeat for another count of ten seconds. The posterior neck muscles are strong relative to the anterior neck muscles so the resistance from the body at the horizontal position whether lying or bending over is not enough, so this is where isometric resistance is useful.
  4. Build up repetitions and resistance over a long period of time.Add just one repetition at each workout. Isometric resistance is harder to gauge, still, work up to putting resistance on your posterior neck muscles within the workout and over a period of months (a year).
  5. Within a workout session and especially with the posterior neck exercise, build up resistance.If doing two sets of 10 seconds, make the first set at light resistance and the second set at medium resistance.

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    Is this for neck twitching/spasms/jerking?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    Yes, these exercises can help with that.
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    My neck feels weak, like my head is like a bowling ball and my neck is a strand of spaghetti. Will this help to strengthen it, and maybe even increase its size?
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    Yes. As long as you don't overdo it, and implement a regular exercises routine, you should see relevant results quickly.
    Thanks!
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    I used to crack my neck all the time. I later stopped because of neck pain. My neck pain is still present. Could ice and these routines get my neck back to normal?
    SethGreen
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    Don't crack your neck often. Doing it too frequently might eventually move it. Maybe crack it once a week, and icing it would give you some short-term relief.
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  • These are practical exercises and take very little time and effort.
  • This is a minimal exercise routine and very lacking for athletes in contact sports like boxing and football. Trainers and coaches in these sports use weights and manual resistance to strengthen the neck muscles.
  • Your neck muscles have to have a little strength when you are in a car and it suddenly stops or if hit from the back. Sport players too, for safety, should exercise their neck muscles and especially if they play contact sports.
  • When doing the sitting exercises observe any tightness in the neck. so if there is tightness (usually at the posterior).
  • Warm up your neck with a few sitting exercises before the posterior neck exercise.
  • Record (briefly) in a notebook or on a calender your neck exercises.
  • Do not overdo the posterior neck exercise. However, do the posterior neck exercise just three times in two months, but religiously and over the long term. If you have shoulder and neck fatigue, the cause of it from activity will disappear in a few days. The type of strength from a 15 seconds of isometric is greater and different from the strength built from leaning forward and intently working at a desk for several hours. Under these conditions, exercise your posterior neck muscles very briefly, with moderate intensity, and infrequently.

Warnings

  • Exercise two is an isometric exercise, do not hold your breath when doing this i.e. breathe normally.
  • Avoid extremes in movement when applying resistance. Although many experts caution against using isometric exercise, for the beginner or even the advanced, light isometric neck exercises are a safe, though not the most effective, method of exercising the neck. The neck muscles are small and will not tax the system much.
  • Do not move on to advanced neck exercises until you have more knowledge and experience, or have been advised by an expert on this subject.





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