Neck Stretch Videos

Watch the neck stretching videos below to improve your neck flexibility and relieve tight neck and shoulder muscles.

by Brad Walker | First Published August 21, 2010 | Updated September 2, 2017

Neck stretches are important for the flexibility and range of motion of the neck and shoulder muscles. Good neck flexibility allows for the unrestricted and pain free movement of the head and neck.

Sports that benefit from the neck stretches below include: Boxing; contact sports like Football, Gridiron and Rugby; Swimming; Wrestling.

Neck Muscles being Stretched

During the following neck stretch videos there are a number of muscles within the neck and shoulders that are stretched. Below is a comprehensive list of the anatomical muscle names involved in the following neck stretches.

  • Semispinalis Capitis and Cervicis
  • Spinalis Capitis and Cervicis
  • Longissimus Capitis and Cervicis
  • Splenius Capitis and Cervicis
  • Scalenus Anterior, Medius and Posterior
  • Levator Scapulae
  • Trapezius
  • Rhomboids
  • Platysma
  • Sternocleidomastoideus
  • Omohyoid
  • Sternohyoid
  • Sternothyroid

Lateral Neck Stretch (1:32) Look forward while keeping your head up. Slowly move your ear towards your shoulder while keeping your hands behind your back. Keep your shoulders down and your hands behind your back. Don’t lift your shoulders up when you tilt your head to the side. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat on the opposite side.

Flexion and Extension Neck Stretch (1:21) Stand upright and let your chin fall forward towards your chest. Relax your shoulders and keep your hands by your side. Some people are more flexible in the upper back and neck than others. Don’t over stretch by forcing your head down, instead, relax and let the weight of your head do the stretching for you. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then slowly move into the neck extension stretch position.

Stand upright and slowly lift your head, looking upwards as if trying to point up with your chin. Relax your shoulders and keep your hands by your side. Keep your mouth closed and your teeth together when doing this stretch.

Rotating Neck Stretch (1:22) Stand upright while keeping your shoulders still and your head up. Slowly rotate your chin towards your shoulder. Keep your head up. Don’t let your chin fall towards your shoulders. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat on the opposite side.

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