Neck Stretching Exercises

Neck-stretching exercises have been recommended for your child because he or she has

tightness in his or her neck muscles that is limiting neck movement. These exercises

should be performed with each diaper change, or at least 5 times a day, until your child’s

neck has a normal range of motion.

 

Exercise 1. The first exercise is designed to improve rotation of your child’s head to the

right and left. Place one hand on your child’s chest. Place the other hand on the side of

your child’s face. Gently but firmly turn the head so that the chin moves toward the shoulder.

Turn the head only to the point of resistance, hold for 10 seconds, and release. Switch

hands and repeat the same steps, turning the head to the shoulder in opposite direction.

 

Exercise 2. The second exercise is designed to improve bending of your child’s head to

the side. Place one hand on your child’s upper chest and shoulder area so that his or

her body does not move. Hold the top of your child’s head with the other hand. Gently

but firmly tilt the head to the side, pressing the ear toward the shoulder. Press only

to the point of resistance, hold 10 seconds, and release. Switch hands and repeat the

same steps, tilting the opposite ear to the shoulder.

 

During the exercises that move the tight area of your child’s neck, your child will fuss

and squirm. However, consistent use of these exercises gradually will improve your child’s

neck mobility.

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