A 32-year-old female patient presents to your clinic with a 4-day history of neck pain and stiffness. The patient reports that the pain started after a long drive and has progressively worsened. She has trouble turning her head to the right and has noticed muscle tightness on the left side of her neck. Physical examination reveals tenderness over the left cervical paraspinal muscles, restricted left rotation, and restricted right lateral flexion. Based on these findings, you diagnose the patient with cervical somatic dysfunction. You decide to use the High-Velocity Low-Amplitude (HVLA) technique for treatment. Based on the physical examination findings, which direction should the HVLA force be applied to effectively treat the patient’s cervical somatic dysfunction?