Neck Stretches For Seniors And The Elderly

Neck Rotation and Side Bend

Neck stretches for seniors and the elderly are a great way for seniors and the elderly to warm  joint fluids and  deep muscle fibers. How many times do you need to look over your shoulder while driving, shopping or working in the garden?

Probably quite a few times.Two  neck stretches you can easily do are presented below. Rotation of the neck is performed by looking to the right and then the left. Side bending is a little more difficult and involves bringing your ear toward your left shoulder and then your right shoulder.

This often causes your neck to make some crackling sounds. If this is painful, stop the exercise and only bend your neck in the range that is pain free. If you feel any dizziness when bending your neck, stop the exercise. Only perform neck movements that do not cause any pain or dizziness. Good luck!

Purpose of this exercise

Improve the range of motion in our neck.Help stretch the upper back and scapular muscles.

Step 1

Sit comfortably in your chair.


Step 2

Look to the right as far as comfortable and hold for 5 seconds.Then look to the left as far as comfortable and hold for 5 seconds.


Step 3

Bring your right ear to your right shoulder and hold for 5 seconds.Then bring your left ear to your left shoulder and hold for 5 seconds.



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


Stretching should be enjoyable, stop if you have pain or dizziness. Try to hold your shoulders still when turning your head.Make sure you bring your ear to your shoulder and not your shoulder to your ear.

Take it up a notch

Hold on to the chair seat when performing the side-bend to increase the stretch.

How to do Neck Rotation and Side Bend

How to do Neck Rotation and Side Bend

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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