July 21, 2023 in How We Move

Stretch to Reduce Neck Tension & Pain

Reduce Neck Pain

Reduce Neck Pain

Video by Dr. Erik Waldeland

As a Chiropractor, I’m constantly looking for ways to reduce neck pain. Numbness and tingling in the arms or hands may be stemming from the neck, but there may be an easy, less invasive, fix to the problem.  With a vast majority of our patients that experience those symptoms, tightness of the scalenes and proper mobilization of the cervical spine go a long way to alleviate the numbness and tingling sensation that people experience.  However, if there is a deeper underlying issue that is placing pressure on the nervous tissue in the neck, such as a disc bulge or herniation, more extensive treatment may be required.  The stretch described in the video attached demonstrates one technique to help alleviate tension and tightness in the base of the neck and the scalenes. 

“Symptoms of TOS may include muscle weakness, paresthesia, discoloration, swelling, numbness, and pain in the hand or arm, and muscle atrophy (particularly in the hand)”

“Exercise is a conservative and effective approach with regard to the treatment of TOS.”

Postural awareness and body position can be one key factor in people getting out of pain and being more comfortable at work.  Our main goal is to ensure not only that your muscles are activating and holding your structure well, but also that your joints and functioning and moving sufficiently to support you if you are sitting for long periods of time.     

Resources

Levine NA, Rigby BR. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Biomechanical and Exercise Considerations. Healthcare (Basel). 2018 Jun 19;6(2):68. doi: 10.3390/healthcare6020068. PMID: 29921751; PMCID: PMC6023437.

Our Message

We love to help our patients in McKinney stay healthy. We are here to relieve back pain, neck pain and headaches while also teaching about how our diet and stress effects our over all health. By improving these areas of our lives we can become healthier, stay out of pain and reduce risk of diseases. Our  Chiropractors, located in Stonebridge Ranch near the corner of S. Stonebridge Dr. and Eldorado Pkwy., want to help you stay healthy and reduce neck pain!