Neck & Shoulder Pain

Hi, I'm Doctor Jo, a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy. I hope you enjoy my video demos of stretches & exercises for common injuries and syndromes. If you have a question, just ask. Be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon.

10 Best Cervical Herniated Disc Exercises & Stretches

A cervical herniated disc is when you have a disc herniation in your cervical spine (or your neck). It can cause pain in your neck, shoulders, arms, and even your hands. These neck stretches & exercises should help.

Chin tucks and isometric exercises like cervical rotation and cervical side bend can help activate the muscles in the neck with little to no movement, and help reset the muscles in the neck.

Cervical extension with a towel is a great way to get specific movement to each segment of your spine. Using the towel helps stabilize one segment while you are moving the others.

An upper trap stretch, levator scapulae stretch, and an anterior scalene stretch are great to help loosen up the muscles all around your neck. If there is less tightness, there won’t be as much pressure on the disc.

Finally, exercises against gravity like cervical side bending, cervical extension, and the cat/dog or cat cow (which can be a stretch too), will help strengthen the muscles to stabilize the area.

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Shoulder Passive & Active Assisted Range of Motion Exercises

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Shoulder passive range of motion (PROM) & active assisted range of motion (AAROM) exercises get movement back in the shoulder after an injury or surgery. If you’ve had a surgery, make sure you know your precautions. 
 
The first shoulder exercises are for PROM, though it’s really hard to do a completely passive movement when you are awake, but these are the closest you will get. Pendulum exercises and using a pulley are a great way to get motion passively in your shoulder.
 
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For shoulder AAROM, you can use a table, countertop, or chair to help assist your arm with the movement. You can also use a PVC pipe, cane, or even broom stick to get AAROM as well.
 
Finally, a child’s pose or prayer stretch is another great way to get AAROM or even PROM in your shoulder.
 
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7 Stiff Shoulder Stretches & Exercises

Stiff shoulders can be caused by a number of things like arthritis, injuries, bursitis, tendonitis, and even after a surgery. Here are my top 7 treatments to help with a stiff shoulder.

The first stretches are a great way to be able to passively stretch out your shoulders. Pendulums and pulleys are some of my favorite ways to loosen up a stiff shoulder and help relieve #ShoulderPain

A great active assisted range of motion (AAROM) stretch, or some might call it an exercises is using a stick, or something like a cane to help with the stretch or movement. You can do shoulder flexion, abduction, and external rotation with this.

The next ones are to help open up the chest with exercises and stretches. Shoulder circles, scapular or shoulder squeezes, and pec stretches do a great job of opening up the whole shoulder and chest area.

Finally, table slides can be done on a table, countertop, chair, or even a ball. These slides get a great stretch, and again are assisted, so you don’t have as much pain. You can do flexion, abduction, and even scaption with these.

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These general shoulder pain stretches & exercises can help relieve shoulder pain and tightness. If you’ve had a surgery or are on precautions, these might not be right for you.

Starting off with some easier shoulder stretches and exercises will help loosen up the shoulder area and decrease the pain. Pendulums, scapular squeezes, and shoulder circles do a great job of getting the muscles moving, but in a fairly pain free way.

Another shoulder pain treatment is using a TENS unit. The folks at Easy @ Home sent me their EHE009 TENS Unit. What’s great about a TENS unit is you can use it while exercising to help control the pain.

The next shoulder exercises are a little tougher, and they focus on some of the muscles around the scapula. Since there are so many muscles that attach to the scapula, if it’s not working correctly, it can cause a lot of shoulder pain.

The last exercises are lat pulldowns/squeezes, snow angels, and plank plus, and they are great scapular stabilization exercises.

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