Shoulder Ache

What stretch can I do to make the pain in my levator scapulae muscle go away?

Matthew's reply: Hi, for those that don't know, the levator scapulae muscle is at the back and side of your neck. Pain in this area, i.e. back of neck and tops of shoulders, is common and may be caused by such factors as emotional stress and tension, sports and other physical activities, sitting hunched over a desk, or sleeping in the wrong position.

There are lots of exercises you can try, depending on the exact cause of the stiffness and pain in your muscles. It also depends on the exact location. Other muscles may be involved too.

For pain and stiffness at the back of your neck and upper back try the back arch. For pain and stiffness radiating from the tops of your shoulders up the sides of your neck to the base of your skull try these two acupressure points (at bottom of page).

Try the above techniques for a few days. If you don't get much relief let me know (by posting below) as there are other exercises and techniques for neck and shoulder pain that you can try.

All the best,

Matthew

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Back and Neck Exercises.

Back of Head and Shoulder Pain

My wife has lupus and complains of pain in the back of her head down to her shoulder(left). I've tried massage, it works till I quit. I don't know what to do next?

Matthew's reply: Hi, I assume your wife has asked her doctor about her head and shoulder pain? If so and no help has been offered then try this neck exercise program. The exercises and techniques are simple and gentle and they work. There's an extra technique included that very often stops neck and shoulder pain immediately. As an acupuncturist I have used just this technique many, many times to help people with debilitating neck pain and stiffness so I suggest you try it.

All the best,

Matthew

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Back and Neck Exercises.

Exercises for Sore Arms

by Maryg
(pa usa)

I fell on ice two times and hurt my biceps on both arms each time. Are there exercises that would help?

Matthew's reply: Hi, it really depends on what exactly the problem is. For sore, bruised or strained muscles I always use a Chinese herbal liniment or herbal sticking plasters. One side of each plaster is coated with Chinese herbs for pain and to circulate blood - you simply stick them on the sore muscles or joints. You can usually get the plasters and Chinese herbal liniment at Asian supermarkets and Chinese herbal or acupuncture clinics. There are many kinds though so it's best to ask before buying.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Back and Neck Exercises.