Neck and Shoulder Pain

Neck and Shoulder Pain Relief Tips

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Exercises to reduce Neck and Shoulder Pain

I work at the computer almost every day. I work A LOT. So, there are lots of days that I end up with neck and shoulder pain. Two regular practices I have integrated into schedule with the sort of regularity with which other women might be appointments for having their hair or nails done, are massage and chiropractic care.

Getting massage as often as I can, and getting regular chiropractic adjustments (I only go to chiropractors who practice low-force or no-force chiropractic care, the best of which
is, interestingly enough, called B.E.S.T.) have helped tremendously and I’ve learned to help them do a more effective job by doing my own work in-between visits.

In general, I get up from the chair more often and stretch. I also have specific neck and shoulder stretches that I do in the shower every day. This is particularly good
because the hot water has already warmed the tissues so that stretching is easier and I can stretch more.

Hair-Pulling for Neck and Shoulder Pain

I’m tender-headed and the thought of pulling my own hair, or having someone else pull it, was not appetizing. The first time my massage therapist suggested it, I wanted to say no.
I’m so glad I didn’t say no. If done properly, hair-pulling can provide a great deal of relief for neck stiffness and can even relieve tense shoulders by loosening the scalp.

I start at the base of the skull, near the occipitals. I just take a small amount of hair and slowly stretch it, rather than actually pulling, straight up. Then, very slowly I move the hair so that
I’m pulling the scalp underneath in all four directions. When that part of the scalp feels a bit more loose, I move on. In my case, it usually just requires doing the occipital area on both sides but you can use hair-pulling to loosen the entire scalp.

Another great way to help the body let go of shoulder tension, which also helps neck tension, is to take a brush and gently tap, bristle side down, on the top of the shoulders. I read about this in Donna Eden’s book on Energy Medicine.

3 thoughts on “Neck and Shoulder Pain

  1. Thank you for these additional shoulder and back pain relief tips.

    the tip about hair pulling will be especially novel for us to try and recommend to others

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  2. Thanks. I visited your site and couldn’t find the trackback you mentioned. Hair pulling is something I endured at first, finding it unpleasant, especially in the middle of a relaxing massage. After the hair pulling was over, I began to realize just how much tension it had released, not only in my scalp but down my neck and into my shoulders. Now, if my massage therapist forgets to pull my hair, I remind her.

    I visited your site and would enjoy an original article from you. If you want to post one, I’ll be happy to link your site as a resource for my readers. Also, if you do have a trackback link, please inform me as to where it is and I’ll reciprocate. Thanks, Neva

  3. ps. The above post is about hair pulling as a tension-reliever. However, there is also a disorder called Trichotillomania, which involves pulling the hair

    In case you found this page searching for information on Trichotillomania, there is some information on this condition here:

    Though most who suffer with compulsive hair pulling tend to pull hair from the scalp, some pull hair from other areas of the body too. Find out more about the symptoms of Trichotillomania as well as some causes, risk factors, prevention tips, possible complications of compulsive hair pulling and treatments for this condition.

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