This video–Neck Strengthening and Physical Therapy-Neck Sit-Ups–discusses physical therapy exercises patients can perform after neck surgery (cervical spine). These exercises are performed to strengthen the neck muscles directly. Many therapists will have patients do what are essentially shoulder exercises to strengthen the neck muscles but this only indirectly strengthens these cervical muscles. Direct neck strengthening can be done because your head is the equivalent of a 13 pound bowling ball and the perfect weight to be lifted by the neck muscles.
About the Author: Donald Corenman, MD, DC
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.