Neck Pain Exercises To Restore Movement And Muscle Control

28 Jun 2014

If you have suffered an injury to your neck such as whiplash or if you are experiencing neck pain, Neck pain exercises should be performed in a slow and controlled manner and you should stop if you notice new pain or if your neck pain increases. The exercises to help with neck pain are designed to restore the movement and muscle control and to reduce unnecessary postural and muscle strain.

What is referred shoulder pain?45be19d4efe89c32da9e44cf3f27128a_neck-and-shoulder-pain3

Referred shoulder pain occurs when pain is experienced in an area away from the actual injury or problem. Heart attacks can refer pain to the shoulder, arms and neck, throat problems can refer pain to the ear, and eating a very cold food can cause brain freeze resulting in a bad headache due to chilling the vagus nerve.

Neuroscientists still don’t know precisely which anatomical connections are responsible for referred pain, but the prevailing explanation seems to work pretty well. In a nutshell, referred pain happens when nerve fibers from regions of high sensory input and nerve fibers from regions of normally low sensory input happen to converge on the same levels of the spinal cord.

Neck stretching exercises

Neck stretching exercises are excellent for relieving neck and shoulder pain, particularly if you spend too much time working at a computer or desk. Neck stretching can also help in the treatment of whiplash, wry neck, kyphosis and general stiff neck muscles. Major muscles stretched include the trapezius, levator scapulae, sternocleidomastoid, splenius and scalenes muscles.

Shoulder stretching exercises

Stretching the shoulder muscles is important for helping to prevent injury in many sports, especially throwing. Shoulder stretching also forms and important part of the rehabilitation programs of rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, supraspinatus tendonitis and shoulder impingement. Major muscles stretched include pectoralis major, subscapularis, teres major, teres minor and deltoid muscles.

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