Natural Ways to Treat Neck Pain
Have the confidence that you are capable of communicating your needs. When the fifth chakra is obstructed, a person will often feel that he is not being heard. To feel alive and empowered, it is important that this energy center is clear. Energy blockages in this area are often associated with thyroid problems or chronic neck pain.
As soon as the head comes forward, you can rest in that position ad explore how the tissues respond. That is enough. It would be unnatur to make an extra effort to flex the neck while you are focused primaril on bending in the lower back and hip joints. Our main concern with the 1 ck is that it be comfortable. Pain in one part of the body often has effects 1 se-where, and neck pain doesn't have to be very serious before it stops ur desire to do anything else.
What causes neck pain Usually, weakness in the muscles of the neck is the culprit, although abnormal sleeping positions, injury, and poor posture can also be causes. To relieve neck pain, you can perform the following stretching exercise, which is designed to strengthen your neck muscles. It tones the posterior muscles of your neck, opens up your upper chest, and tones the muscles along your spine. The exercise creates an isolated muscle contraction that helps to maintain the natural curve of your neck and strengthen the supporting muscles around your neck. Don't attempt this exercise if you've recently had whiplash or compressions in your sternum or vertebrae from an accident of some kind. Consult your healthcare provider for clearance before you attempt strengthening exercises.
We must explore the cervical region in detail to understand these and other possible neck movements, and then we must augment our knowledge with practice, experimentation, and observation. Take your time and be conservative. No movement that causes neck pain should be repeated injudiciously, and in the event of injury, practice should be stopped until the problem is resolved.
Most teachers also suggest that the headstand not be done during menstruation. Chronic or acute neck pain, excess weight, and osteoporosis are other obvious contraindications, as are glaucoma and other eye problems. We'll discuss the headstand in relation to right-to-lefi musculoskeletal imbalances later in this chapter.
Bharadvajasana I also stretches the spine, shoulders, and hips massagesyour abdominal organs opens the chest and relieves some types of lower backache and neck pain. Unlike some other twisting poses, such as Marichyasana III, in whichyour legs and upper body are bound together, Bharadvajasana 1 gives your whole torso freedom to turn, making it one of the only twists that can be safely performed during pregnancy.
Mary Pullig Schatz, M.D., et al., Back Care Basics A Doctor's Gentle Yoga Program for Back and Neck Pain Relief (Rodmell Press, 1992). This helpful book, written by a medical doctor and yoga therapist, shows how you can use yoga to relieve back pain. It is complete with illustrated instructions for helpful postures and includes a foreword by yoga master, B.K.S. Iyengar.