Did you know that neck and shoulder pain probably comes from your hand?
Activities of daily living such as typing, writing, holding a child, or even talking on a cell phone cause tension in the hand that transfers to the neck and shoulders.
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Here’s how you can use a tennis ball to relieve neck and shoulder pain.
- Place the tennis ball on a hard surface such as a desk or table.
- Press the spot where your thumb touches the rest of your hand on the ball.
- Roll your hand repeatedly on the ball to open the joint and push it apart.
- This can be uncomfortable. However, there is nothing wrong with it. You will feel the tension release from your hand.
- After a few moments, rotate your hand as if you were juicing oranges. Keep this up for about a minute.
- Then stand up straight and raise your arms above your head.
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Keep an eye out to see if the hand you just exercised stretches further back than the other side. You will probably be surprised to find that this is the case. This is a physical sign of increased flexibility.
Miller’s method is a form of acupressure. Bipasha Mukherjee of Modern Reflexology explains that there is another pressure point in the hand that, when pressed, can relieve neck pain. This pressure point, known as the “Hidden Valley,” is located in the fleshy skin between the thumb and index finger.
In order to activate it, place your hands inside each other and gently press the knuckles of your left hand into the center of your right palm. Use the thumb of your left hand to press on the soft area of skin just below the web between your thumb and index finger for 2-3 minutes. Repeat the process on the other hand.
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