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Interesting Relief . . . . Does It Indicate Anything?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi all,

I recently posted (24 yr old/cervical pain/cognitive problems) regarding my cervical pain and cognitive issues. While doing some yoga and exercise in my room this evening, I began doing intense stretches. This consisted of me clasping my hands behind my back, with my arms straightened, pushing downward as hard as possible so as to push my should down and BACK. Then, I lengthen the spine, and push my head towards the ceiling.

Interestingly, this seemed to give me tremendous temporary relief, and I even noticed an improvement in my concentration within the hour.

Has anyone has a similar experience or know if this is an indicator of anything? I realize I may be a little hypersensitive in asking, but hey, I'm sitting at home on a Friday night already due to my pain, might as well ask!

Thanks to everyone for their encouraging words.




  • hi

    i lost my place during the description of what you were actually doing but it sounds like you opened up the vertebral space. similiar to what happens when you are in cervical traction. i obtained many hours of similar relief either at P.T. or at home using my "home traction" unit.
    good luck at finding the right spot again.
  • I agree with marcia i was going to say the same thing,sounds like what you actually did was to give yourself some traction in your cervical spine.So the area being compressed was relieved for a bit.I wish i could have done that.I just used to hang upside down over the side of my bed.It was a gentle pulling on my neck and gave me some relief at times. Good luck with your stretching sounds like it helped you out
  • Sounds like what my pt just taught me. It should keep you going only if you continue to do the exercise daily. I've been able to sit at the computer for 2hrs straight now without muscle pain since I've started my stretched kind of like yours. I've also heard pilates is great for back sufferers. When I get some time I am going to join a class.

    It is great that you are improving.

    What I do is stick in my chin as if making a double chin and then stretch my body mostly my neck back. As if I was going into a back bend. Of course not even close to one but starting one. I do about ten reps every one to two hrs. At first it irritated some nerves but about a week went by and most if not all nerve irritation was gone.
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