Neck pain may be localized to the neck itself – the cervical spine – or may also radiate down the arm. Neck pain is most commonly the result of poor mechanics, injury or overuse and the neck is a common site for osteoarthritis. Traditional recommendations for treatment include hot and cold therapy, pain medications (NSAIDS), simple and careful movement, massage, stress reduction, and very rarely surgery.
How the Gokhale Method can help
You can learn to lengthen and straighten the cervical spine to restore structural integrity to the area.
This allows adequate space for the discs and healthy circulation and nerve function in the neck.
It is also important to address excessive curvature in the thoracic spine as this leads to forward projection of the neck. And it all starts with a well-aligned pelvis. Once the pelvis is well-aligned, the rest of the spine, including the cervical spine, will stack up erect and relaxed.
Where can I learn more?
The positioning of the neck is specifically addressed in Session 1 of the Gokhale Method Foundations course, and in Lesson 1 of the book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back. However, all sections of the course (and the book) are relevant to achieving a healthy stacking of the entire spine.
* Information provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for medical advice from a healthcare professional.