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Exercise & Fitness
Treating neck pain with a dose of exercise
- By Kay Cahill Allison, Former Editor, Harvard Health
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I always discuss about the condition of muscles and chronic pain, because the different conditions of muscles are the caused of chronic pain. These are those knots, lumlpy and tight muscles, those adherent tissues, muscle adhesion, muscle got mated to each other because of injury according to Manual of Surgery. Following the advised from that book have good results to all my clients. The only thing I don’t like is the always forget me, but remember also when pain come back. There is no total cure for chronic pain because of stress and wear & tear of everyday life, but you get relief if you find the right therapist.
hi,i was not in an accident but six weeks ago after a facial and massage my neck started hurting so bad esp during my sleep. It hurts to lift it to move in bed. the lumps at the base of my hed hurt.My hands are also very sore and achy . I have R/A and fibromyalga and MRI and ERK showed nerve damage at C5 =c6..Ido not want to have surgery yet.ant help
A useful article, but we know that the shoulder pain stems from various causes and we need to clarify the cause of our problem, I agree with his view that the exercise and movement is better than relaxation to overcome our shoulder pain.
Hi rosei, chances are your nerve is trap by the tight muscles, it might be a knot or lumpy muscles, so that when you move and those knots & lumps move it put pressure on the trap nerves resulting in pain. The best massage is the Controlled sliding deep tissue massage to slowly loosen it.You will feel the pain slowly subsides and go away as my clients always say. Try it, it may help
I have works with clients who have shoulder pain & others have frozen shoulder Here the muscle are very tight or solid.These tightness affect also the pectoral muscles and the teres muscles. So a sliding deep tissue massage on said muscles loosen it and gradually you will feel the pain subsides and go away.You know these are the usuall problem I have work with for 20 yrs now.I know it sounds too good to be true that’s why I usually ask them to go to my websites ask my clients. Name & number of some are there as my proof of what I say.
Yoga is the best way to overcome neck pains.
Possibly the best way to deal with chronic neck pain that is not caused by serious medical conditions will prove to be the Alexander Technique. A major study published in the British Medical Journal in 2008 found that 24 lessons in the technique reduced chronic low back pain by an average of 86% even a year after the lessons were completed. A similar large Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT)is just starting in England to determine the effectiveness of the technique for neck pain. Results are expected to be similar to the back pain study.
A Gently Yoga class with a experienced teacher an have a great effect on neck pain, or any muscle pain for that matter. My only caveat is to make sure the teacher is qualified, experienced and knowledgeable.
I have had a bad neck and right shoulder for 5 years and I do rotator cuff exercises to get the blood flow going because the shoulders have very restricted blood flow which in turn takes longer to heal and easier to injure.
according to his article gentle exercises help shoulder pain, I tried with the help of my doctor I’m improving a lot, thanks for your article is very helpful.
I agree with your post, one way to treat neck and back pain is exercise, in order to loosen the muscles and not irritate the nerves.Thanks for tips, keep on blogging!
For me the best approached to loosen the tight muscles is the sliding deep tissue massage and circle movement wherever the knot due to whiplash. Well it works to all my clients I’ve work. Exercise don’t loosen muscles it help the muscle to stretch. When you sleep at night and don’t move for six hours it tightens up again as you can feel when you try to stretch it when you woke up in the morning. At least that’s my observation
I have been doing Chronic pain management for more that two decages. What ever pain problem it maybe like migraine, neck pain, shoulder and frozen shoulder, back & low back pain, sciatica, hip and knee pain or even pain due to injury cause by accident and even sprain, Muscles are tight to the point of muscle adhesion, which trapped and irritate the nerve and every move caused tension on the nerve resulting in pain. It means it is clogged and no circulation of blood or fluid to tissues. The type of massage that really help is the HSDTM- Hilot/Sliding deep Tissus Massage, which can break the tight muscles and muscles adhesion so that fresh supply of blood to injured part will start repair and pain subsides and eventually go away. At least that’s what happen to my clients. So chronic pain problem is due to muscle tightness and adherent tissues and muscles adhesion.So whenever I always look for the conditions of muscles.
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Dry Needling, a treatment to release trigger points using small gauge disposable sterile needles, is now being researched and used by physical therapists in some areas of the country. This intervention holds promise in relieving a persistent cause of pain in the neck and shoulder as well as elsewhere in the body.
One thing you will notice for those with neck pain is that that neck muscles are very tight and those who had whiplash has knot at the back of neck near the the base of the skull. Hilot or Sliding or Controlled sliding deep tissue massage help loosen it to free the trap nerve that is being irritated by the tight muscle. Loosen it and pain gradually subsides and go away because the nerve are free’d
Nice nack pain resolve my discuss because i have discuss many doctor but not relaxe but your blog read totally relaxed thanks
This needs to be passed along with a grain of salt. I was in two serious car accidents and the repetitive motion from neck exercises led me to have severe spinal stenous. Sometimes, exercise is not the best solution.
After having a three level ACDF surgery to prevent paralysis, I am left with chronic pain and new pains from the surgery. Had I not had so much repetative motions in my neck, the stenous would not have progressed so rapidly (per my nuerologist).
If you suffer from neck and back pain and do PT, make sure to have x-rays every few months.
Sorry about what happen to you. I have work with clients with neck pain and whiplash. Most of the time their neck muscles are tight and just 30 minutes ago I work with a client with neck pain. You know her neck muscles are very tight and it’s painfull when she move. It took me a while to loosen it, but after the session she can move it without pain. As I always said, tight muscles are the reason why we have pain and I think nobody is really taking an interest to see about it. That’s too bad, because working on muscles help a lot to my clients as I said no drugs, no steroids and others.
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