Monday, September 6, 2010

Isometric Neck Exercises

When we speak of isometric exercises, we are referring to those designed to strengthen specific muscles by pitting one muscle or part of the body against another or against an immovable object in a strong but motionless action. This can be used effectively in exercising the neck with these routines:
Isometric Sides: Place your right hand flat on the side of your head. Next, firmly push your head against your right hand. The key to this exercise is to not allow your head to move so as to create and maintain constant tension on your neck muscles. Continue pushing against your right hand for a 10 second count and then switch to the left side and repeat the exercise.
Isometric Front and Back: For the front exercise, place your hands flat on your forehead. Next, firmly push your forehead forward against your hands. The key to this exercise is to not allow your forehead to move forward so as to create and maintain constant tension on your neck muscles. Continue pushing forward for a 10 second count and then relax and switch to the back or rear part of this exercise. For the rear exercise, begin by clasping your hands behind you head. Next, firmly push the back of your head against your hands. The key to this exercise is to not allow your head to move backward so as to create and maintain constant tension on your neck muscles. Continue pushing for 10 seconds and then relax and switch to the front part of this exercise and repeat.

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