Are Handstand Pushups Bad for Your Neck?

Are Handstand Pushups Bad For Your Neck

In the world of fitness, pushing the boundaries of our physical capabilities is a constant pursuit. Handstand pushups are a challenging and dynamic exercise. It also has gained popularity among fitness enthusiasts looking to enhance their upper body strength and balance. In this post, we will go through how your neck could be injuring you during your handstand pushup.

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1. Handstand Pushup With Head-Forward Posture

As you raise your hands over the head, and your head is being forward, it creates a weak spot in the spine. With that head forward, the neck is in a weak position, and it puts a lot of stress on your spine and midback areas. Then, the weak points decrease how much overhead press force you can create. The force you are creating, will put a lot of stress in the neck area and irritate.

Handstand Pushup With Head-forward Posture

Head-forward Posture

2. Handstand Pushup With Shoulder-Forward Posture

Often, your shoulder will come forward and that certainly affects the range of motion that you have. When you try to press your hands up, your body moves back and puts a lot of stress on your shoulder joints and rotator cuff because of the decrease in range motion in your shoulder.

Handstand Pushup With Shoulder-forward Posture

Shoulder-forward Posture

If you have any pain, irritation, or sensitivity in your neck and your shoulder when doing a handstand pushup, there is a good chance that your neck is causing it. Finally, look at it and address your posture.

Join us on this exploration as we dissect the mechanics of handstand pushups, examine common misconceptions, and provide insights into proper form and precautionary measures. Furthermore, let’s separate fact from fiction and empower you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about incorporating handstand pushups into your fitness routine without compromising the health of your neck.

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Take care!

Rick Kaselj, MS