16. Eye Circles

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This technique helps to integrate your vision with your head, neck and body postural control. 

This may be performed laying down (least demanding), sitting or standing (most demanding). At the highest level, you can perform it in a staggered stance position or standing on one leg. Depending on your tolerance, you will have to vary the speed and number of repetitions. It is important that you do not feel more than a mild amount of discomfort. Adjust your dosage to what is tolerable for you and gradually increase.

Before starting perform a baseline neck assessment to check your current neck range of motion.

  • After each set recheck your range of motion and notice if it is decreased, the same or increased.
  • If your neck range of motion increases after performing one direction or both, then that is the direction(s) you will practice as this indicates a positive improvement. 
  • If your neck range decreases after performing one direction then do not practice that direction. 

Instructions:

  1. Get into your chosen position to perform the exercise. 
  2. Perform 3 eye circles in 1 direction. Notice if you have a tendency to skip through some portions of the circle. 
  3. Recheck your range of motion and notice if it is decreased, the same or increased.
  4. Perform 3 eye circles in the opposite direction. Notice if you have a tendency to skip through some portions of the circle.
  5. Recheck your range of motion and notice if it is decreased, the same or increased.
  6. If your neck range of motion increased after performing one direction or both, then that is the direction(s) you will practice.
  7. Perform 10 repetitions in the desired direction(s) 1-3x/day for the next 1-3 days. * Unless otherwise directed. 
    • Optionally, use your testing technique to determine your optimal frequency and duration to perform.

 

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