NeckX™ is a neck exercise device that can help to stretch and strengthen your neck musculature to prevent and relieve pain, increase flexibility, and improve your posture. NeckX™ is a light-weight, portable device that allows the user to quickly change from targeting one muscle group to the next. The NeckX™ will provide users with the ability to continue the exercise regimen prescribed by their medical professional or recommended by their personal trainer in the comfort of their own surroundings resulting in faster and longer term results. There are seven identified exercises that are initially suggested for use with the NeckX™; Extension, Neck Flexion, Rotation, Side Flexion, Combination Neck Extension/Rotation, and Vertical Lift. These exercises can be done using Concentric, Eccentric, or Isometric exercise methods. The NeckX™ is designed to stretch and strengthen the muscles of the area’s most commonly related to neck muscle strain. These include, but are not limited to, the Levator Scapulae, Rhomboid, Sternocleidomastoid, Trapezius, Splenius, Semispinalis, and Multifidus muscles. NeckX™ uses a cap in conjunction with latex-free exercise bands to facilitate the ease of conducting prescribed neck exercises. This innovative and unique design allows for individualization of tension and flexibility during the exercises for optimum outcome.
The NeckX™ contains: (1) one-size-fits-all cap, (2) 3 exercise bands, and (3) 2 safety wrist loops.
ACE Expert Review
The NeckX product has amazing potential, and if used correctly, can help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with tight and/or weak neck musculature.
Indicating that stretching and strengthening the neck muscles will help prevent and relieve pain and increase flexibility (as indicated in the instruction booklet) would be accurate. The statement that the product can improve posture can be argued. Postural abnormalities come from one (generally both) of the following: (1) tight anterior musculature (pectoralis minor in particular), and/or (2) weak posterior musculature (mid-trapezius and rhomboids). Weak neck muscles have not been proven to be a key contributor to postural abnormalities.
In addition, certain movements of the cervical spine are more likely to cause and/or exacerbate underlying injury/pathology (lateral flexion [“Side Bend” exercise]). Perhaps each exercise should have their own precautions/what to look out for/etc.
What we liked:
- The retraction/chin tuck, extension exercises felt great and were very comfortable.
- The instruction manual was very easy to read and understand (the pictures really helped grasp the concepts).
- The precautions, exercise recommendations are clearly stated and very descriptive.
What we didn’t like:
- The one-size-fits-all cap was extremely tight and became uncomfortable (and caused a slight headache) after only a few minutes.
- The exercise straps easily slipped out of the safety wrist loops.
- Each exercise needs to describe the function/goal, not just describe how to perform each one (which ones are for stretching, and which ones are for strengthening).
- Each exercise should also include a “where you should feel this” statement so people know what to expect from each exercise and stretch.
- The vertical lift exercise is a bit confusing (traction/ decompression of any part of the spine is not possible without manual or mechanical assistance).
- The rotation exercise is awkward, and the description is a bit vague.
- In Step 2 of the “Flexion” and “Lift and Rotate” exercises (as mentioned in the earlier bullet), “lifting the top of the head” is going to be confusing to people.
October 4, 2011
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