All those who have suffered... are suffering... or will be suffering (hence, everyone) from neck pain of any kind must read this post!!!
Lately there has been an astonishing onslaught of neck problems amongst my family and friends. Trust me, I know first-hand – thanks to my 2011 Neck Incident – just how heinous serious neck pain can be.
|Start by barely inflating a beach ball with just enough air to keep your head from|
touching the ground when you lay back on it.
|Slowly turn your head to one side just until you reach the point of increased pain/tingling.|
you will improve over time.
Occipital release*. It surprised me how effective the occipital release technique was in improving my neck pain. Position two tennis balls at the base of your skull where it meets the top of your neck and try to relax. Usually in the first moments, this KILLS me, but a few minutes into it, I start to relax and the tension in my neck decreases considerably. Maintain position for about 10 minutes or so.
|Start with a rolled-up towel and a couple of tennis balls in a sock...|
|Start by angling your nose toward your armpit as though trying to take a big whiff.|
This is how my physical therapist described it. He said it would be memorable this way.
shoulder as flexibility allows.
*I have to thank my wonderful friend who, while possessing political views that are completely upside-down and backwards (sorry, P - I couldn't resist... it's that time of year!), has magic hands and acquainted me with the first two techniques... along with many other helpful treatments over the years! Everyone needs to have a physical therapist as a friend! Now if I could just buddy up with a plastic surgeon...
Oh, and read the disclaimer at the very bottom of this blog page, would ya.