CHIN TUCKS- DEEP NECK FLEXOR ACTIVATION
‘Chin tucks’ activate the deep stabilising muscles of your neck. These muscles are often not working as well as they should in people with neck pain or in people who have sedentary jobs, especially those in front of computers all day. Working your deep neck flexors helps to reduce stress and strain on your neck. It’s easiest to start lying down with your knees bent and your head resting on a pillow. Make sure your back and shoulders are relaxed and gently draw your chin in towards the top and front of your neck, lengthening your neck. Do not lift your head off the pillow, your superficial neck muscles should remain relaxed, it’s the deep muscles you’re working. Maintain this position gently for 10 seconds and then relax. Repeat 10x. You can also do this exercise seated in your car seat with your head resting on the headrest and even just seated at your computer. In this position it will bring your ear back over your shoulder and stop you from adopting that head forward posture.