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Your Neck Muscles

The muscles in the neck and shoulders need to be strong to hold the neck and head in place. These muscles also help move the neck and shoulders. Your healthcare provider can recommend exercises to help stretch and strengthen your neck muscles.

Back view of man showing muscles. Trapezius muscles help shrug shoulders. Levator scapulae muscles help control movement of shoulder blades. Front view of man showing neck muscles. Sternocleidomastoid muscles help turn head. Trapezius muscles help raise head.

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