X-Pattern – neck stretch

Why Stretch?
Stretching exercises encourage lengthening of your muscles and associated tendons. Short and tight muscles can lead to pressure on nerves and pain. By its effect of lengthening muscles, stretching promotes flexibility and full range of motion about your joint.

The X-pattern stretch uses coupled spineal mechanics to move the cervical vertebra through their normal range of motion


Start with head straight and shoulder blades back and down

Look up to the left at a 45 ° angle feeling stretch in the front of right side of neck

Then look down and right at a 45 ° angle feeling stretch in the back left side of neck

Hold the end range about 1-2 seconds and look back up repeating the motion

Repeat 5-6 times, then switch sides – looking up and right and down and left.

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