Hey everybody, it’s Doctor Jo. I’ve got another helper with me today. This is Molly, she’ll be observing and making sure I do everything correctly with good technique. So what we’re going to be talking about today is our neck stretches. Now the neck can be very tricky and it can have serious, serious injuries to it, so it’s key to go to your doctor or your physical therapist and get a correct diagnosis and get imaging that you need. So this is really just some gentle stretches to get you going if your neck is just stiff.
Or maybe you slept on it wrong. So the first thing we’re gonna do is we’re gonna start off with some gentle stretches, not even using your hands but just with your neck. So the first thing I’m gonna have you to do start off is just bring your chin down to your chest. And then hold it just for about 510 seconds and then look back up towards the ceiling. Same thing for just about 510 seconds. Now you want to make sure you’re staying in a plane front to back, that you’re not turning your head. This is really in a straight plane.
Bringing that chin down to your chest and then bringing it back. Good. Now then the next one what you want to do is you want to take your ear to the side. Now this is another key, you just wanna gently bring it to the side. You don’t want to bring your shoulder up, your not actually touching your shoulder to your ear, your shoulder is staying in one spot. You’re just bringing it over, same thing now, it’s in a plane this way. So you wanna keep it in that plane you’re gonna stretch about 510 seconds, and then your gonna come.
Back the other way. Stretch 510 seconds. Good. So you’re gonna do that about 35 times in each direction, good. And once that gets a little bit loosened up, now what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna rotate a little bit. So you’re just now gonna turn, almost like you’re looking over your shoulder. Same thing about 510 seconds and then turn back the other way. Very good and then stretching it out. So those are just starting off with some simple stretches without doing anything except moving your head and getting those stretches.
In there. Front to back, side to side, turn to turn, Molly’s embarrassing me, but that’s ok. So the next thing that we’re gonna do is we’re going to add some overpressure. Basically what overpressure is is you just use your hand to give you a little more pressure added to the stretch. So these stretches are actually going to be our traditional 30 second stretches, 3 times on each side. Now the key is for this one is you’re gonna hold your hand underneath your leg. Now the key for this is it’s gonna keep your shoulder flat and it’s gonna pull.
Down a little bit. so you’re already getting a little bit of a stretch. What you’re gonna do now is your just gonna bring your hand on the top of your head, not on the top of your head right here, but on the top towards the opposite way and your just gonna pull over to the side. Straight over. You want it to go in that plane, you’re trying to take that ear to the opposite shoulder. And you’re just gonna take some deep breaths, breathe in and out, might fall asleep. And those 30 seconds, 3 times each on both sides. Make.
Sure you’re doing both sides so you keep everything even. Alright, so then last one that I’m gonna show you is our levator scapulae stretch, and that’s the muscle that pulls your shoulder blades up, that scapulae up. The key for that one is lot’s of times people get hunched over a lot, they’re typing on the computer, and those muscles get really tight. ANd when those muscles get tight, people tend to get tension headaches. So a really good way to stretch that out is your gonna take the arm same side that it’s hurting, and your gonna put it up.
On your shoulder if you can. And then what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna take your other hand and put it kind of on the back of your head. And you’re gonna pull it towards your opposite knee. So you’re not pulling it straight down, your not pulling it to towards the side, but towards your opposite knee. Almost like a 45 degree angle. So your gonna hold it up as high as you can, and you’re gonna pull your head down. A nice stretch, remember those stretches don’t want to be painful, you don’t want to feel any pain in.
KT Tape Neck and Shoulder
I’m Chris Harper, and with me here is John, and we’re here to demonstrate an application for neck pain. This when you have pain at the base and along the back of the neck. Some potential causes of this may be stress, overuse such as sitting at a desk or computer throughout the day, looking down while running, or repetetive motions. Some other causes may include car accidents, sudden changes of direction, or sleeping awkwardly. KT Tape helps treat this condition by assisting in posture, relaxing muscles, relieving pressure to reduce pain, and may increase circulation.
So for this application, we’re going to have John spin around so we can see the back of his neck. We’re going to position him by stretching the skin on the back of the neck, so we’re going to bring that chin down towards the sternum or the chest, as much as is comfortable. We’re going to tear our first strip. I’m going to twist and tear the backing paper down near one end of the tape to create an anchor point. I’m being very careful not to touch the adhesive of the.
Tape. Okay, to measure where this goes, I’m going to go a good three or four inches below the hairline of the neck, and go ahead and just let this fall. Being careful not to touch the adhesive, I’m applying this anchor. I’m going right over the muscles to the side of the spine. Okay, and to apply this I’m going to take that backing paper off, and leaving a little bit of paper on there so I can handle the tape without touching the adhesive. I’m going to stretch this nice and evenly.
With twenty five percent stretch. So if that’s a hundred percent, I’m going to back that off fifty percent, and fifty percent again. I’m going to lay that down, except for the last little bit. I’m going to just let that end of the tape fall onto the skin with absolutely zero stretch. Okay, for the next piece just like the first one, I’m going to twist and tear the backing paper down near one end of the tape, and remove that. I’m going to measure as I did with the first one.
So that ends up at about the same place as that first strip. I’m just on the muscles on the opposite side of the neck , and just like with the first one, I’m applying this with twenty five percent stretch. So stretching out a hundred percent back that off fifty, and back that off fifty percent again. That should end up at about twenty five percent stretch. I’m laying that down, and I’m now going to remove the backing paper with, absolutely zero stretch , as I lay that tail down.
I’m going to give the whole application is good friction rub, and I’ve got one more piece. Just like the first two, I’m going to take a full strip. This time I’m going to twist and tear the paper in the middle of that piece, again being very careful not to touch the adhesive of the tape. I’m also going to apply a stretch to the middle of this piece, and how I do that is nice and evenly with my thumbs, I’m not trying to pull in the middle of the.
Tape, but putting my thumbs flat. And if we have a point of pain in this area, I’m going to stretch this piece eighty percent, so if I go all the way out and back that off just a little bit. I’m going to go ahead and lay that piece down with eighty percent stretch. I’m going to lay that down just like with the first two. The ends of the tape I’m going to place on the skin with absolutely zero stretch. I’m taking that paper off and laying that down with absolutely zero stretch. I’m going to give the whole application.
A little bit of friction, that creates heat. That allows the adhesive to really stick to the skin well. Okay, that looks good, now we can come up out of that position, and you should have a little bit of wrinkling in the tape. That looks great. Some helpful tips before applying. Clean the skin very well, remove any oils or lotions you may have on. Be careful with taking clothing on or off as this may roll the tape. Try not to tape into the hairline, this may cause a little pulling of the hair if turning your head.
How to Read a MRI of Cervical Nerve Compression Neck Pain Colorado Spine Surgeon
Now we’re going to look at a cervical spine MRI of a patient with arm pain the patient doesn’t have much neck pain and he has no spinal cord dysfunction in this MRI again you can see the spinal cord in the center surrounded by the white cerebral spinal fluid or water and the vetrebral bodies and the discs you can see a small disc bulge here and smaller disc bulges here and here since there’s no real compression of the spinal cord the patient has no spinal cord dysfunction symptoms.
But if we do come to the right side we can see these spurs that are compressing out of the canal at these two levels and those are the spurs that are catching the nerve root on the right we can look at it from the top down view and we come up to the first level at C two three again spinal cord is clear the white csf water around it these are the nerve exit polls here in here the C two three level looks normal we march down to the C three four level.
And again spinal cord has room the nerve holes have room this one is a a little tight but it still has plenty of room come down to C four five again the nerve holes are free the spinal cord is free come down to C five six and here we see a nice big spur on the right side the left nerve root is exiting quite nicely the right nerve root here is compressed by the spur and this is one of the spurs causing this patient right arm pain.
We can pass by this level and go to the next level at six seven and again see the same thing the left nerve hole is free there’s a big spur on the right nerve hole and this nerve is compressed and this is what’s causing him the arm pain from the C seven nerve this is a side by side example of a normal level of the cervical spine and a level where there’s nerve compression again we noted before this nice large spur is compressing the exiting nerve route right here where the nerve root on the opposite side is open.
KT Tape Neck Pain
This Technique is for middle neck pain occurring usually in this area it’s usually posture related so, sitting at a computer for a long time or driving for a long time tends to put stress on this area. What I’m going to do is tear a single piece off the roll split the tape just by folding it and splitting it down the middle the tape will stop you where it needs to be. I’m going to tear off the anchor point that is the part of the tape with the logo on it.
From here I’m going to anchor right in the middle, just about between the shoulder blades from here I’m going to have the person fully flex their neck down peeling off the paper and without tension being pulled on the tape I’m simply going to lay that tape down just on either side of the spine. staying in that position my next piece is just one more off the roll I’m going to tear the piece of paper right in the middle I’m going to put even tension on that tape.
Neural Glides for Ulnar, Median Radial Nerves Ask Doctor Jo
Hey everybody, it’s Dr. Jo! Today we’re going to talk about neural glides or neural flossing. That is to get your nerves moving if you’ve had damage to them, if you’ve had surgery and maybe have some scar tissue around them. So let’s get to it. You probably were wondering why I was making funny faces just a minute ago. You have three different nerves main nerves in your arm, which is your ulnar nerve, your median nerve, and your radial nerve. So with your ulnar nerve, to stretch that one out, you’re gonna put your pointer finger.
And your thumb together making an okay sign. You want to flip it up and come back down. Some people are only going to be able to get to about right here before they feel that stretch in the nerve on the outer part of their arm. So if you can only get to here, that’s fine. You can do that, and do that about 10 times. Then eventually you are going to go a little bit further, coming up and down. And hopefully you will be able to get all the way up so you can make bird man face. Alright, the next one is your median nerve.
That one is in the middle. You can put your arm straight out to the side, and you want your palm to be up. You’re going to keep your fingers as straight as you can, and then move at your wrist bringing your fingers down. Now some people going just straight down will be enough stretch. If that’s not enough stretch for you, then you can take your head and to the opposite shoulder, and go down and up. Same thing, just do about 10 of these at a time because if you do too many, you can also irritate the nerve. Now if you get 10 of these.
And you still don’t feel a stretch, you can take it back a little, turn your head, and then stretch. Little pause at the end, and come on back up. The last one is going to be your radial nerve on top because it’s rad. You’re going to put your arm out again, but now you are going to put your hand and palm down, and repeat the same way, going down and up. If that’s not enough for you, then you can turn your head to the side, and go.
Down and up. If that’s still not enough, go back just a little bit, and go down and up. The last thing I am going to show you is actually doing some neural glides in your leg. A lot of people will do this for their sciatic nerve. So I’m going to hop up here and show you. So if you’ve been diagnosed with nerve damage in your leg, you’re going to want to sit up in a chair or on your couch, just where you are comfortable. Now stick out your leg, and.
Pull your toes toward you. Now some people might feel a pull as soon as the pull their toes towards them. If you feel a pull with that, then you’re just going to point your toes and and flex your toes back and forth. That’s moving that nerve up and down. It’s gliding it back and forth. If that’s not enough, then you’re going to slump your back down, pull your chin towards your chest and then do the same thing. Pulling your toes towards you and pointing away from you. It’s simple as that. Make sure you just do about 10 to.
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KT Tape Neck Shoulder Pain
This technique is for pain, usually just above the shoulder blade, and extending up into the neck This muscles is called a levator scapulae, it’s underneath the upper trapezius What I’m going to do is tear one piece I’m going to split that piece tearing down the perforations to the anchor points. The tape will stop you in the proper spot. We’re actually going to tear off the anchor points I’m going to anchor this down along the shoulder blade Have the person flex their neck, and also tip their ear to the side placing this muscle in a little bit of a stretch.
From there, I’m just going to peel the paper off and with no tension on the tape, I’m just going to lay that down along the muscle. Still in this position I’m taking a second piece of tape this time leaving it without a split I’m going to tear the anchor point taking that peice off From here, I’m going to anchor just on top of the upper trapezius being careful not to put too much tension pulling on the skin by the neck. That skin is rather sensitive, so I’m placing in this piece down with no tension.