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Neck Lateral Flexion

Neck Lateral Flexion
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Exercise Description

Target Muscle Group

Sternocleidomastoid (SCM)

Secondary Muscles

Scalene Muscles

Exercise Type


Equipment Required

Neck Harness With Weight Plates

Experience Level




Force Type


Target Muscles: Sternocleidomastoid

Neck Lateral Flexion: Overview

The muscles that do neck lateral flexion work are the sternocleidomastoid and the scalenes. These muscles help to flex the neck to the side. They also help to rotate the head to the opposite side. These muscles are important for everyday activities such as looking over your shoulder while driving or turning your head to check on a baby in a crib. Strengthening these muscles can help to prevent neck pain and improve overall function.

How to Do It?

  • Stand up tall and straight
  • Tilt your head sideways
  • Try and touch the ears to the shoulder
  • Make sure you keep your shoulders straight throughout
  • Return to the original position and repeat on the other side.

Tips for Neck Lateral Flexion

  • First, make sure that you are using the proper form.
  • Be sure to keep your back straight and tuck your chin in so that you are looking down at your chest. Do not allow your head to tilt backwards or forwards.
  • Second, start with a lightweight. Heavier weights can put unnecessary stress on the muscles and joints.
  • Third, always listen to your body. If you feel any pain or discomfort, stop the exercise and consult a physician.
  • Fourth, be sure to warm up before performing any neck exercises. This will help to loosen the muscles and reduce the risk of injury.
  • Fifth, avoid performing neck exercises if you have a recent neck injury.
  • Sixth, be patient. It may take some time to see results.

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