Neck Exercises: Arm Lift

Man lying on floor with knees bent and feet flat on floor. Arrows show him breathing deeply.


Many lying on floor with one arm raised.

To start, lie on your back, knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Keep your ears, shoulders, and hips aligned, but don’t press your lower back to the floor. Rest your hands on your pelvis. Breathe deeply and relax. Tighten the belly muscles to keep the back from arching.

Here are the steps for the arm lift:

  • Raise one arm overhead, then lower it. As you lower that arm, raise the other arm.

  • Continue to move both arms in slow, smooth arcs. Keep your arms straight and your head and neck relaxed.

  • Repeat 10 times with each arm.

For your safety, check with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program.