Stretching to Relieve Neck & Shoulder Pain

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Stretching can relieve neck and shoulder pain by relaxing and exercising your muscles. Relieve neck and shoulder pain with a variety of stretches with help from a physical therapist in this free video on physical therapy treatments.

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Hi, I'm Tricia Trinque, and I'm a physical therapist with Seabreeze Physical Therapy. And today I'd like to talk to you about some stretches that you could do to help alleviate some neck and shoulder pain that you might be finding that you have. You'll need the following materials. First we're going to start with finding a corner so that you can do the first stretch which we call a corner stretch. We're going to start by having our patient lean into the corner area, first squeezing the shoulder blades and then feeling a nice gentle stretch on the front of the shoulders, holding for ten to fifteen seconds, making you're breathing and not holding your breath, and then relax back. We often get very tight in this area because of the way we sit throughout the day, either with our arms in front of a computer or driving, or any activity that causes our arms to be forward. Next we're going to be doing another stretch that's going to work both the shoulder and the neck muscles. So, we'll start by having the person cross their hands behind their back, gently lifting the hands off of the buttock region, and tilting the head to the right side, to start with, while gently pulling down on to the left arm, feeling a nice very gentle stretch, on the left side of the neck area. Again, breathing into this position, and holding for ten to fifteen seconds, repeating two to three times, each side. Again, I'm Tricia Trinque with Seabreeze Physical Therapy. And we encourage you to do these stretches two to three times a day, particularly if you sit at a desk for long periods at a time, or you're driving in your car for long periods of time. You should not experience any discomfort or pain while doing these exercises, and please contact your physical therapist or physician should you have any additional problems with your neck or shoulders.

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