The importance of the deep stabilizing musculature of the neck for spinal segmental support and control has been demonstrated in clinical research, which indicates that many patients with neck pain have inadequate support from these muscles. Insufficiency in the pre-programmed activation of the cervical muscles, altered motor control recruitment patterns, and increased fatiguability have also been found in patients with neck pain. Further, the measured increased activation of the superficial cervical musculature in those with neck pain is thought to be a compensation for poor passive or active segmental support. This article will teach you how to strengthen your neck out of pain with prehab exercises!

The neck is an area that often gets neglected in regards to exercise, and therefore is not our strongest asset! Having weakness and poor recruitment of the deep neck muscles has been correlated with increased pain and disability in our population. In this article, we demonstrate great exercises for people with neck pain, especially those with whiplash-induced neck pain, that target not only the popular deep cervical flexors, but also the deep cervical extensors! Pay close attention to the cueing, as activation of the deep cervical extensors should be emphasized at selected spinal levels for the management of segmental dysfunction. In this article, learn the secret to improving neck strength by targeting the deep cervical extensors!