What motion type does the cervical spine produce most of?


What kind of movement do we have in the cervical spine?

The cervical spine’s range of motion is approximately 80° to 90° of flexion, 70° of extension, 20° to 45° of lateral flexion, and up to 90° of rotation to both sides.

Where does the majority of rotation in the cervical spine occur?

Approximately 50% of flexion extension of the neck happens between the occiput and C1; 50% of the rotation of the neck happens between C1 and C2.

Is flexing your neck bad?

Neck flexion exercises can offer quick relief for neck pain and tightness, help to build muscle strength, and restore mobility. Do these exercises in short sessions throughout the day, as part of a longer fitness routine, or to warm up or cool down.

Are neck circles safe?

Compared to other neck movements, neck circles could also cause more compression of the arteries that take blood to the brain. Especially for a person who has been dealing with neck pain, neck circles are typically not recommended.

What muscles are responsible for cervical rotation?

The primary muscles involved in cervical rotation are the sternocleidomastoideus, upper trapezius, and splenius group, with some assistance provided by the scalenes and intrinsics.

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How far should you be able to tilt your head to the side?

Between 160 to 180 degrees; i.e. you should be able to rotate your neck to the right and to the left, so that your nose is in line with your shoulder (or near enough).