Egyptian Turns

This is a favorite 'go to' exercise for a great number of the patients in my clinic. Patients with the following conditions have a tendency to have decreased cervical spine or rotation:

  • Herniated cervical spine discs
  • Cervical Spine Sprain/Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Headaches
  • and more

When there is decreased flexibility in the cervical due to too much sitting or poor posture, there will be excessive and destructive movement in the neck, shoulders and lower back. This adds a great deal of stress to the areas and opens the door to injuries. To deal with this I like starting off my patients with this chiropractic corrective exercise:


  • Determine which direction you want to rotate to.
  • If it's left, raise your left arm up to 90 degrees like the video showed above.
  • Squeeze both your raised arm (left on our example) AS WELL AS the opposite (right) arm into the floor next to your side.
  • Be sure to turn your head and eyes to look where you're turning
  • Don't let yourself hold your breathe
  • Give this one a few days, most people don't get it at first

Perform 5-10 repetitions, 2-3 times per day to increase your cervical spine flexibility and reduce stress on the neck, shoulder and lower back. To find out if this exercise is right for you, you need to be evaluated for an 'Exercise Prescription'.

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