Sunday, 20 July 2014

Neck Pain

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ou wake up with a stiff neck. No fever, no dizziness, no severe headache. Just a tight feeling in the muscles, probably from that new pillow being too high up off the mattress.

You don’t want to take a pill. A few basic stretches don’t seem to make a difference. Neither does that second cup of coffee. So you take that stiff neck on into the day.

Ready for a culture shift? What if someone at work suggested you visit a local martial arts instructor. She’d look after you.

What a strange idea! The image most of us have grown up with is of martial arts instructors breaking necks not healing them. Yet, traditionally, healing has played a big part in martial skill – if you’ve properly trained in hitting the body’s vital points, you must, by necessity, also have studied the physiology behind those points. You can’t do one without the other.

Let’s return to our initial problem: the stiff neck. The points presented here are attack points very often targeted with finger or single knuckle strikes, such as the phoenix eye fist.

Why Do This?

These points may help to relieve neck pain, stiffness in neck, and some headaches, especially when gently pressing or rubbing the area in the hollow of the neck just below the ridge of the skull.  This particular point can also help relax you, ease a bleeding nose and help with a sore throat.  Pressing it gently for 3 - 4 minutes, then for a few seconds at a time every 20 seconds or so, can help bring on sleep.

1.  Just below the ridge of the skull in the hollow of the neck.  (This is also a favourite point for slowing down or stopping a headache).

2.  At a point which is 1/2 inch down from the ridge of the skull and 1/2 inch out to both sides of the centre.

3.  1/2 way down at the sides of the neck.

4. At the bottom on both sides, where the neck slopes out towards the shoulders.


At home, you might want to drape a hot towel across the neck for 10 minutes -or- rub in an ointment like Tiger Balm (the red coloured version; it’s stronger).

Simple stretches can help too such as leaning your head forward and pressing the back of the head with your clasped hands.

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