The active neck lateral flexion stretch is an effective warm up exercise that improves neck range of motion by stretching the upper trapezius muscles.
- Stand with feet shoulder width apart and upper body in proper posture with the shoulders relaxed down and back.
- Slowly allow the head to drop to the side as if you were attempting to touch your ear to your shoulder.
- Hold for 1-2 seconds.
- Return to starting position and repeat to the other side.
- Perform a total of 10 repetitions (5 per side).
When letting the head tilt to the side, it is important to keep the shoulders relaxed down. If the opposite shoulder raises, the stretch on the upper trapezius is reduced.