Two yoga poses for a pinched nerve in the neck

A pinched nerve in the neck can lead to a variety of debilitating symptoms, including pain, headaches, stiffness, tingling sensations and muscle spasms. These symptoms may arise when a degenerating disc, a bone spur or some other component of the spine puts pressure on one of the nerve roots in the spinal column, thus causing nerve irritation and inflammation. Stretches and bends that open up space in the spine can sometimes ease the nerve compression, and many of the movements involved in yoga can achieve just that. Yoga exercises also help strengthen the supporting muscles in your spine and thus can be beneficial components of your conservative treatment plan if you have a pinched nerve in the neck area.

If you suspect you’re experiencing symptoms related to a pinched nerve in the neck, it’s important to consult with your doctor to obtain an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan that’s tailored to your specific condition. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether you can safely participate in a yoga program, given your overall health condition.

Two yoga poses that can help relieve nerve compression in the neck

If your doctor gives you a green light to participate in yoga, you may wish to pursue these two poses, holding each pose for one to three minutes:

  • Fish pose. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Inhale and lift your pelvis off the floor enough to slide your hands, palms down, under your buttocks. Rest your buttocks on the backs of your hands. Inhale again, arch your back and lift your torso up from the floor so that either the back of your head or its crown will rest on the floor. If the pose is uncomfortable, you may wish to put a rolled-up blanket under the back of your head.
  • Cobra pose. Lie on your stomach with your legs extended straight out behind you, your chin on the floor and your arms bent at the elbows. Your hands should be palms down on the floor, directly below your shoulder blades. Inhale and use your hands to push your head, neck and chest upward, looking toward the ceiling. Exhale slowly.

When conservative treatments aren’t effective

Many people are able to sufficiently relieve the symptoms of a pinched nerve in the neck through nonsurgical treatments that include stretching exercises like yoga, physical therapy, hot and cold compresses, wearing a neck brace and other measures. However, some may pursue a conservative treatment plan for weeks or months without achieving enough symptom relief to enable them to resume their normal daily activities.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a pinched nerve in the neck and nonsurgical measures haven’t provided you with satisfactory symptom relief, you may wish to consider the minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute as a treatment option. Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine procedures.^

Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about the advantages of our minimally invasive outpatient surgery. You’ll also want to take advantage of our free MRI review* that can help determine whether you’re a candidate for treatment at our facility.

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