Shoulder Shrugs for Neck, Mid Back Stiffness
(Diamond Bar, California)
First of all I want to thank you for your site. Very good exercises.
I have neck and mid back stiffness. I was diagnosed with 5% functional scoliosis (for those that don't know, 'functional' means it was acquired from lifestyle habits, in my case bad posture, prolonged sitting, lack of exercise, bad sleeping habits, not congenital).
Anyhow, I get a lot of relief from shoulder shrugs, i.e, raising my shoulders to my ears and holding the stretch for 3 seconds and releasing. Then repeating for 10 times.
When I do this in combination with the neck stretches you recommended I'm getting great results.
My question is: What do you think of these shrug stretches that I'm doing ( no weights of course)? Are they good for you AND do they lead to some long term therapy or am I wasting my time doing them. ... they sure do relieve the pain temporarily, but I want to eventually get the knot out of my mid back that is causing that scoliosis.
I know that for the type of scoliosis I have, exercises will eventually get rid of it as it is not congenital but due to bad posture and lack of exercise. These shrugs seem to be the only thing that stretches the area of my mid back.