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What To Do About Neck Pain When Squatting


Filed Under (General) by Rick Kaselj

In this video, I wanted to explain what to do if you are having neck strain or neck pain when doing the squat.

What to do About Neck Pain When Squatting

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I get Orsy to demonstrate.

For some people who are doing the squatting movement, they are squatting and bringing their head forward. In that head forward or dropping that head, it puts a lot more stress on the neck. When your shoulders are rounded and the head is forward, it puts a lot of stress in the neck area.

how to do pistols

Pistol Squat

One thing that you can do is a cuing called Pistols. You put the hands together, interlock the fingers  and then retract the thumb and point the index fingers. You can put them up against your chest and underneath your chin and then you do the squatting movement. By doing that, it lines up the head a lot better when it comes to the squat.

It is a good cue and feedback in order to keep that head in a good alignment. Having the head in good alignment decreases the stress on the neck and decreases the risk of neck pain when it comes to doing the squat.

Now, I can’t take credit for that cuing. I saw that in a Facebook Q and A page that Dean Somerset had done. If you don’t know who Dean Somerset is, make sure to search on internet as he has a great blog and an awesome Facebook Q and A page. Also, you can check on some of his work at the Muscle Imbalances Revealed series. He participated and contributed to the Lower Body Edition and in the Upper Body Edition.

Make sure to swing by ExercisesForInjuries.com. Enter in your injury or pain. There’s a good chance that there’s an article, an interview, or a video that will help you overcome your injury or pain.

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If you are looking for a system that is designed to prevent and treat neck pain, then check out the Neck Pain Solved program, here:


Take care!

Rick Kaselj, MS


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