17. Eye Figure Eights

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This technique helps to integrate your vision with your head, neck and body postural control. It  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. Move your eyes in a figure eight pattern in 1 direction 10 times. Notice if you have a tendency to skip through some portions of the figure eight. Recheck your neck range of motion to see if it is increased, decreased or the same. 
  2. Then perform 10 figure eights in the opposite direction.
  3. Recheck your neck range of motion to see if it is increased, decreased or the same. 
  4. If 1 or both directions resulted in improved range of motion perform that direction(s) only. If 1 or both directions resulted in decreased range of motion then do not perform that direction. 
  5. Perform this 1-3x/day for the next 2-3 days and then as often as desired. * Unless otherwise directed. 
    • Optionally, use your testing technique to determine your optimal frequency and duration to perform.

 

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