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The cervical spine refers to the entirety of the vertebrae between the head and thoracic spine in humans and is usually the most mobile section of the spine. In healthy people, it exhibits an arch forward, which is called physiological lordosis.

In our modern world, we sit often and for long periods of time. Our body is not designed for this. A healthy ergonomic sitting position is hardly possible over a long period of time, the muscles tire and an upright posture is lost. We sink into ourselves with increasing duration of the day.

The head moves forward or diagonally forward and down, usually with the neck bent to look at the smartphone, we let our shoulders hang down and the upper back becomes rounder and rounder. Once we arrive home, this continues. Everyone can imagine that this is pure poison for the back and neck.

Checking your mobility of the cervical spine therefore makes a lot of sense.

  • Take an upright stand.
  • Close your feet and keep your mouth closed.
  • Keep your shoulders and upper body still.
  • Lower your head slowly backwards.
  • If the head can be lowered far enough back to assume an almost horizontal position (60°-80°), this would be the green area.
  • If the face half can be tilted backwards between 40°-60°, then this would be the yellow area.
  • Below 40°, this would be the red area.

This “testing” gives you a simplified view of your status quo. A kind of functional diagnosis. It helps you to get a picture of your functionality and quality of movement in order to filter out your strengths and weaknesses and it should help you to develop a feeling whether your body, joints, muscles, certain movements are “rusty” or not. With your results you can determine which areas are more in need of attention or need more attention.

Silvester Neidhardt