Good Stretching Exercises For Seniors And The Elderly

Neck Side Stretch

Good stretching exercises for seniors and the elderly should be simple and easy to perform. For the upper body, a basic program for the major muscle groups is a good start.It should include a selection of upper back and neck stretches.

Most seniors can safely build up to stretching everyday. Remember it is good to try the stretching exercises at least 2 or 3 times to get the most improvement in that body part.

Purpose of this exercise

Improve the range of motion in your neck and upper back. Helps with those everyday movements you need to do like looking under the bed for that other shoe!

Step 1

Sit comfortably in your chair.


Step 2

Reach your right arm behind your back.


Step 3

Place your left hand on top of your head. Gently tilt your head to the left. Hold for 5 seconds.Repeat with the other side.



Continue to breathe normally, in through the nose and out through the mouth.


Only hold the stretch for 5 seconds. If you have had a stroke in the past, only hold for 2 to 3 seconds. Simply tilt your head if you are unable to place your hand on top. Remember, stretching should be pleasant. Stop if you experience any pain.

Take it up a notch

Coordinate your breathing by exhaling during the stretch to relax the neck.

How to do Neck Side Stretch

How to do Neck Side Stretch

More Upper Body Flexibility Exercises

1. Shoulder And Upper Back Stretch

2. Shoulder Rolls

3. Neck Side Stretch

4.Neck Rotation

5. Shoulder Circles

6. Shoulder Stretch

7. Chest Stretch

8. Overhead Reach

9. Reach Back

10. Triceps Stretch

11. Hand Stretch

12. Arm Raises

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