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Neck Mobility: How to Perform Cervical Lateral Flexions

mobility Jul 18, 2018

 

Cervical lateral flexions appear to be a super simple drill but it is surprising the compensations that can develop. When learning and practicing cervical mobility we always start simple and progress. 

  • Begin in a tall lengthened spine
  • Start with chin level
  • Bring your ear to your shoulder, back to center, and then other ear to shoulder. 
  • Move head and neck on top of chest and shoulders

Common mistakes:

  • Holding breath
  • Building up excessive upper body tension
  • Shrugging shoulders rather than lateral flexing neck
  • Moving chin either up and down or rotating head

When it comes to joint mobility it is important to explore your range of motion with good form, relax through the movement, use an external target rather than excessive internal "feeling," and never move into pain. 

(Education Credit: this drill is part of a series of mobility drills taught by Z-Health Performance Solutions - a leading educational company in neuro-centric training for pain and performance) 

 

About the Author: 

Taylor Kruse, recently featured in Men's Health, is dedicated to empowering you with the truth and tools for improved health and performance.

His inspiration stems from more than 10 years of education and coaching through systems like Zhealth Performance, The Burdenko Method, and various movement practices.

In 2013, he co-founded KRUSE ELITE with girlfriend, Alisha Hale. Both are dedicated to inspiring people, coaches, and trainers into their best health and performance.

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Practice FIVE Neuro-Performance Drills

Learn why respiration, vision, vestibular, and complex movement integrations are essential tools for every coach!