- Stand or sit.
- Pull head back as far possible while looking
slightly down. Hold stretch.
- Neck retraction primarily consists of Cervical
Flexion (spine) accompanied by subtle Thoracic
Flexion (spine) and Neck
Flexion (atlanto-occipital joint). Cervical spine has natural
lordotic curvature (see diagram
of spine). Much of the retraction motion is actually flattening
or slight reversing the normal lordosis. The deep neck flexors
perform majority of this movement. Slight neck Flexion at the
atlanto-occipital joint also occurs to maintain forward head
- Also see similar exercise Lying
Neck Retraction Isometric.