The root cause of stiff neck and shoulders was not in the muscles of the neck and shoulders but in the totally different place.
If stiff neck and shoulders are caused by the different place other than the muscles of the neck and shoulders, the characteristic appears in the standing posture.
The check point is the direction of the back of the hand when looked from the front of the body.
In the case of people whose root cause of stiff neck and shoulders is in the place other than the muscles of neck and shoulders, the back of the hand can be seen from the front of the body (Fig. 1).
Where is the root cause of stiff neck and shoulders?
That is the abdomen.
The root cause of stiff neck and shoulders is hidden in the muscles around the abdomen.
The root cause is that core muscles including the diaphragm, abdominal muscle, back muscle and pelvic floor muscle are not used properly (Fig. 2).
When those muscles are not used properly, the pelvis leans backward, making slouching posture. When the posture is slouching, the trapezius muscle has to lift up the head and arms backward so that extra burden is put on the neck and shoulder muscles (Fig. 3).
Doing exercises to train the core muscles on a daily basis leads to improvement of stiff neck and shoulders.
1. Twisting lower body
(1) Lie on your back with your knees bent and your arms stretched out (Fig. 4-1).
(2) Push down your knee on right and left slowly 10 times each (Fig. 4-2).
This exercise stretches side abdominal muscles and chest muscles which have become stiff.
2. Twisting upper body
(1) Lie on your side with your knees bent and your arms stretched out placing your palms together.
(2) Draw your arm to the chest like drawing a bow.
(3) Return to the original posture slowly.
(4) Repeat this movement for right and left 10 times each.
This exercise loosens and stretches the muscles around your shoulders and upper back.
3. Lifting up buttocks
(1) Lie on your back with your knees bent.
(2) Bring your knee to your chest and lift up your buttocks.
(3) Hold the posture for 3 seconds.
(4) Repeat this movement for right and left 5 times each.
The above three exercises loosen and train the core muscles, straightening your back and decreasing the burden on your shoulders.
45 years old woman who had been suffering from stiff neck and shoulders for years causing headache very often and whose back of the hands was facing forward attended an experiment to do laying exercises for a week.
The hardness of her shoulder muscle measured with a muscle hardness tester was 75 (for reference: Kids: 50, bodybuilder’s tightened biceps: 71).
After she tried the exercises for 7 days, the hardness of her shoulder muscle became 51 (before: 75) which is as soft as the hardness of kids’ shoulders. She felt less tight on her neck and shoulders and became less anxious about headache.
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