- Lie supine on mat.
- Press head down into mat and hold. Relax and repeat.
- This exercise may be prescribed for functional
forward head posture since it strengthens Splenius without
The stretch that occurs during complete neck flexion, may exacerbate
forward head posture, particularly if neck flexion is held under
load. Neck flexion normally occurs at end of eccentric
portion of dynamic
- 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 movement. Slight neck Flexion at the atlanto-occipital
joint also occurs to maintain forward head positioning.
- Also see similar exercise Neck