Looking for Neck & Shoulder Pain Stretches?
Many neck and shoulder pain stretches focus on stretching the muscles that are sore. However, that's not always the best option.
Watch the video below to learn why, and to learn an a unique stretch for neck, shoulder, and upper back pain that may be more effective...
Neck And Shoulder Pain Causes
Often people think that neck and shoulder pain are caused by neck muscles that are too stiff.
So what do they do?
Logically, they try to stretch their neck muscles.
But neck pain can be caused by neck muscles that are too stiff, OR by muscles that are overstretched.
The latter is especially true if you have neck and shoulder pain radiating into the arm or upper back.
If the neck muscles are overstretched, the shoulder blade will hang too low on the body pulling tension on the bundle of nerves that come out of your neck called the brachial plexus.
Nerves don't like to be overstretched, and when they are, they can cause referred symptoms such as pain radiating down the arm, or into the shoulder or upper back.
Doing more stretches for the neck muscles would then make the problem worse.
Watch the video above for an alternative stretch.
A Unique Exercise For Neck, Shoulder, and Upper Back Pain
This unique exercise for neck, shoulder, and upper back pain doesn't stretch the neck muscles.... It actually makes them shorter.
It DOES however stretch the muscles underneath the shoulder blade as well as in the ribcage.
If you have neck and shoulder pain that's caused by the neck muscles being over-stretched, this exercise might be for you.
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*Disclaimer: If you have neck and shoulder pain on the left side, and it came on suddenly without warning, you should also rule out your heart. Left neck and shoulder pain radiating down the arm can be a symptom of a heart attack, usually more often in women than in men.
Try This Unique Neck And Shoulder Pain Stretch:
Look in the mirror to see if one shoulder is lower than the other
Raise that arm up in the air and put your opposite hand on the side of your ribcage
Breath in to your ribcage on that side of the arm that is raised
As you breath in, reach your arm higher up in the air while using your other hand to push on the opposite side of the ribcage
Breath out allowing your ribcage to fall, but keep your arm up high in the air.
Repeat for 3-5 breaths.
If you're Still having Shoulder-Pain, read our article on The "Sleeper Stretch" For Shoulder Pain