The cervical spine forms the supporting structure of the neck and head. It is the most mobile section of our spine as it needs to move and orientate our head in almost all directions. But being so mobile also means being vulnerable and indeed this is the weakest section of the spine. As it is right under our head and the all-important brainstem (the start of the spinal cord) it does not tolerate much abuse and injury.
Due to its mobility it may suffer a lot of wear and tear, especially in the lowest part, what we call the C5, C6, C7 segments. Dysfunction of the cervical spine may produce: local and referred aches and pains, headaches, vision, hearing and balance issues. It can also cause neurological disturbance in our arms and hands ranging from aches and pains to loss of power and sensation. Compression within the cervical spine may also cause symptoms down the rest of the body ranging from pain to paralysis.
If you suffer from neck problems get a proper evaluation and advice from your osteopath before attempting any of our exercises and stretches even though they are designed to be reasonably safe. If you suffer from connective tissue disease like rheumatoid arthritis or have had an injury to this region do not attempt any of the exercise unless you have been advised by a healthcare professional.
CSPM01 Neck Extension Strengthening and Stretching Exercise
CSPM02 Neck Circular Motions Mobility Exercise
CSPM03 Stretches of Front and Back Neck Muscles
CSPM04 Assisted Stretches of front and back neck muscles
CSPM06 Stretches of Muscles of the Sides of the Neck
CSPM09 Stretches of Rotator Muscles of the Neck
CSPM11 First Rib and Trapezius Stretching Exercise
CSPM13 Neck and Cervical Spine Stretching in Sitting Position
CSPM15 Neck and Cervical Stretching using a Chair
CSPM16 Sternocleidomastoid Stretch
CSPM17 Assisted Stretch of the Muscles at the Back of the Neck