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Dorsal Glide

Dorsal Glide

The dorsal-glide neck stretch

Dorsal glide stretches the back of the neck. If you feel pain, do not glide so far back. You may find this exercise easier to do while lying on your back with an ice pack or a small towel roll under your neck.

  • Sit or stand tall and look straight ahead.
  • Slowly tuck your chin as you glide your head backward over your body.
  • Hold for a count of 6, then relax for up to 10 seconds.
  • Repeat 8 to 12 times.

Current as of: July 1, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Robert B. Keller MD - Orthopedics

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