Practice 34 – Neck in Sagittal Plane

Neck in Sagittal Plane

Assessing Movement of the Neck, Sitting down and standing up

The movement of the neck is different if you sit down and anchor it, to when you stand up, so you will assess it both ways. 

1.  Rock your head backwards and forwards slowly

2. This is a regular movement that you do each day, however, is it easy for you to bring your chin forwards and down towards your chest? When do you do this, do you feel like you’ve got something stuck in your throat? Does it feel very squashed and uncomfortable in that area at the front of your neck? Or is does it feel like you have plenty of space for movement? 

3. Do you get a nice opening at the back of your neck when you are sending your chin forwards and down towards your chest, or does it feel stretched and restricted at the back?

4. When sending your head backwards do you feeling a pinch at the base of your skull? Or does it feel like a nice compression?

5. What is the more enjoyable sensation, sending your chin downwards or the base of your skull backwards and downward?

6. Whilst sitting down, do be aware of your hip flexors being at a 90-degree angle and have your ribcage neutral above your pelvis 

7. Does this feel normal?  If you need to correct that posture you may get a bit more smooth movement at the back of the base of your skull.

8.  If the muscles in your neck are still quite tight. You may feel your whole body is slightly bracing.

9.  The temptation is to do the sagittal plane movement quite quickly, but really slowing it down will give you far more information. 

10.  Now stand up and do these movements and notice if your neck feels the same in Sagittal Plane or different?

11.  How does it affect the neck if your hip flexors are not engaged compared to if they are? 

12.  What happens in your neck when you move your pelvis or your rib cage through its tilts?  Just practice and feel the relationships between them.  What creates more tension, what creates ease and feels good to do?