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I have an irritated C6/C7 root nerve in the top left hand side of my neck. What treatment would you suggest?

Kenny Young (Plant City, FL) on Sep 25, 2012
I would do deep trigger point massage and stripping with my thumbs to release and relax the muscular knots in your neck. This must be done by a specialist. You should also look into natural anti-inflammatory treatments.
Jeff Shuman (East Hartford, CT) on Sep 25, 2012
Depending on the cause of the irritation, you may find cupping therapy to be effective in reducing or eliminating the symptoms. Cupping and massage therapy can also help with the tight muscles of the upper back.
John Lawrence (Las Vegas, NV) on Sep 25, 2012
Have you been to a NUCCA Chiropractor?
Josee Knecht (Memphis, TN) on Sep 25, 2012
I'm so sorry to hear about the symptoms you are experiencing! I work with several clients who have some of the issues you are experiencing and they use massage therapy help relieve pain. Massage is not a cure for this condition, but JAMA studies show that massage can block pain signals to the brain for up to 5 days. I'd suggest 30 minute Swedish massages with some trigger point work, stretching and some minor myofascial work. See an experienced therapist only! If you'd like to come in, please contact me via Zeel when you're ready!
DeeAlice Moton (Hephzibah, GA) on Sep 25, 2012
Your problem could stem from bracial plexus entrapment. The nerve that runs down through the cervial area, through the clavical area, then down the arm. It is the same nerve that causes carpal tunnel syndrome. Stretching, along with massage, will open up those entrapped areas.
Paula Irwin (Del Mar, CA) on Sep 25, 2012
My specialized neck work would do wonders. The cause of this irritation, I would assume, is that the vertebrae are misaligned due to muscular imbalance. I would use a combination of positional release techniques, trigger point and activated stretching to release and reset the muscular balance. I would also give a series of home stretches and exercises to keep everything balanced and strong. Give me a call and we can discuss the situation further.
Chris McCarty (Tempe, AZ) on Sep 25, 2012
I am not sure if you have checked into chiropractic care but that would be my suggestion for you - the irritation may come from misalignment. I believe massage treatment would assist you in loosening the muscles and would ease some of these symptoms. It is important to continue with any stretching you were taught in your physio therapy. I recommend a hot bath with a cup of Epsom salt to assist you in relieving soreness and detoxing your system. Moist heat is best for relaxation. I utilize some essential oils in my therapy sessions. You can buy needle or pine essential oil for muscle relaxation and peppermint essential oil for relieving inflammation and cooling sensation. Just a couple of drops of each rubbed into the sore area will do! I hope that these suggestions are helpful!
Dave Berg (Puyallup, WA) on Sep 25, 2012
I would try a chiropractor or acupuncture.
Tarja Anchor (Woodstock, IL) on Sep 25, 2012
I would recommend finding a good chiropractor who will take images of your neck first and then provide you with a treatment plan, which might include deep tissue massage and food supplements.
Lynn Maison (Moreno Valley, CA) on Sep 25, 2012
I would definitely suggest some orthopedic massage. This way you get multi-modality treatment and assessment to get to the 'root' of your issues. The treatment consists of different types of therapy integrated together to promote functionality, movement, and circulation. I would be more than happy to do an initial treatment assessment. We need to decide which treatments would be most beneficial and come up with specific goals and a treatment plan that work for your specific needs. I hope to get the pleasure of speaking with you soon!
Tom Chancy (Reno, NV) on Sep 25, 2012
A combination of deep-tissue massage and myofascial release can aid in the relief of these areas. The stretching associated with MFR often takes pressure off nerves irritated by hardened muscles. Consider warm compresses to relax the muscles as well. If in the Reno/Sparks area, feel free to book an appointment with me to help you on your way to recovery!
Chris Miranda (Franklin Square, NY) on Sep 25, 2012
If there is no pre-existing cardiovascular conditions or a pacemaker of the heart. I would look into neurfunctional electrical acupuncture. If you don't like needles, try myofascial release. Both have been known to help treat tough, stubborn conditions.
Herman Crespo (Miami, FL) on Dec 23, 2012
well if we are talking about nerves, its out my scope of pactice, i would recommend a Chiropractor. i know two that especialice in that type conditions. you can google "mind and body wellness studio miami". i really hope and wish they can help you. Herman Crespo LMT and Ayurveda advisor
Stephen Fortier (Pinellas And Pasco Countie, FL) on Nov 3, 2012
You may benefit from deep Neuromuscular work. I would look for a therapist with a strong medical background and experience with spinal conditions. It would help if the therapist has some Myofascial training as well.
John Musco (Ithaca, NY) on Oct 31, 2012
I have had 2 clients with the same nerve damage. First and foremost, Massage therapy will not fix the C6/C7 disc issue which is herniated to the point that it is affecting the nerve. It is not uncommon for this injury or degenerative disc to have the symptoms you are experiencing. I have been able to alleviate and reduce most of the tightness in the upper back muscles. In addition, deep massage on the scalene muscles which run from the occipital ridge (bottom of back of scull) down the neck, under the clavical (collar bone) and attach to the ribs should help. I assume you have had a MRI. If not I would suggest that. I would stay away from Steroid injections. As an alternative treatment and adjunct to massage, I would look into inversions. This is where you would hang upside down providing a reverse in blood flow as well as a stretch of the cervical in a opposite direction other than our normal stance. Of course surgery is always an option but get at least 2 -3 opinions before making a decision especially in the neck area. Good luck and stay well.
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Oct 29, 2012
Acupressure and other Structural Therapies can help ease the tension. Irritation is through compression of the surrounding materials and nerves in the area. The crackling you hear are muscular adhesions due to muscles misfiring and letting entangled fibers form under moving joints like your shoulder blades (scapula) Acupuncture and certain chiropractic therapies also help. Explore options and if you would like more information and help. Do not hesitate to ask or contact me. Blessings.
Crystal Wright (Valrico, FL) on Oct 18, 2012
I would 100% reccommend full body deeper pressure massage with lots of range or motion stretching focusing on you Left limbs (arms, legs, neck). This candidate should receive massage no less than 2x/wk until nerve pain subsides. If no improvement after 2 weeks, you should seek a chiro (spine doctor- the spine is where nerves originate) or at least get the referral from your primary care physician to see a specialist. Sincerely, Crystal Wright, LMT Valrico, FL 888-609-5538
Karen Orlosky (Lafayette, CO) on Oct 16, 2012
I believe combining the type of treatment you've already done with alternative therapies works very well in facilitating a change in your body. I would suggest an evaluation to begin and a combination of CranioSacral Therapy with massage to reduce the tension you carry as the result of the C6-C7 nerve root irritation. We will always adjust our bodies to reduce the pain in one area, however this creates pain and tension in other areas.
Tracy Bloom (Fairfield, CT) on Jan 6, 2013
Have you tried massage? Other suggestions are Pilates, yoga, meditation, qi gong, breathing exercises. These can definitely help. I would recommend breathing exercises and meditation in combination with any of these.
Dmitriy Greenberg (Louisville, KY) on Oct 12, 2012
I help many clients in similar condition. You could come in, and, I will help you gently eliminate pain and the cause.
YJ Word (Roswell, GA) on Oct 6, 2012
I suggest trigger point therapy, I see often too many times certain ailments are evaluated wrong. Which lead to surgeries removal of bones, fusion the list go on. Book a massage it wouldn't hurt. Sounds like there is a lack of circulation going on also. Heat and cold presses would also be beneficial. Yj.
Norma Segovia (San Antonio, TX) on Oct 3, 2012
I would do the Myofascial Release Treatment and some Unwinding techniques to take pressure of the nerve by relaxing the muscles around that regions...soft tissue manipulation to the neck as well. Ice packs to reduce the pain and inflamation should also help you until you get some treatment.
Anthony Lung (San Diego, CA) on Oct 3, 2012
With you question I suppose you have done the research or got another experts opinion. With the neck and shoulder problem, by using Tui Na hand techniques can strengthen the tendons and relax the muscles at the same time. Of course, there are some exercises that you will have to do to strengthen your tendons, muscles, ligaments on your own as well. As for the inner thigh and inner calf muscle pain, hard to tell exactly with your description. If with the pain sensation keep on going on, please check what color is your urine or pay attention when you are going do you feel any type of burning sensation. If you do have the above either symptoms, then it could be the Kidney and Bladder channel problem (acupuncture channel theory). That will not be a hard issue to solve using Tui Na or acupuncture. With the upper back problem, I need to do more examination in order to tell you exacly whats going on there. Hopefully this answer will help and give you some ideas.
Kathleen Drebick (Woodbury, NJ) on Oct 2, 2012
OOOO LOVELY!!/NOT!! ... Your upper back and neck must be like FORT KNOX!!! ... With my experience concerning C6/C7, the shoulders, and so forth, one would benefit from Deep Tissue Massage, combined with A Peppermint/Majoram Treatment, and Stretching Techniques... After that session, additional techniques could be integrated or alternated.
Dora Vazquez (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes I suggest for you to look for a Chinese Doctor that can do some cuping ,acupunture and herbs it will help your circulation, but befor you do that gotter all the information from your regular Doctor so you can take it to the chinese Doctor. best of luck
Dora Vazquez (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes I suggest for you to look for a Chinese Doctor that can do some cuping ,acupunture and herbs it will help your circulation, but befor you do that gotter all the information from your regular Doctor so you can take it to the chinese Doctor. best of luck
Johanna Wasen (Blue Ash, OH) on Oct 1, 2012
I would suggest craniosacral therapy for most neck issues because if you are having cervical pinched nerve symptoms, there is a strong possibility that the atlas(top of spine vertebra) & occiput (base of skull) are locked and in need of a release. CS therapy enhances the flow of cerebrospinal fluid along the spine, encouraging space, alignment and heath of vertebral column.
Dianna Kendrick (Martinez, GA) on Oct 1, 2012
My first suggestion is no more shots! Cortisone is very corrosive and usually a bandaid fix that will later rear it's ugly head. The first method of treatment is to release and regularly stretch your pectoral muscles, scalenes, SCMs, and open all the muscles down the arm. It sounds if you may have Thorasic Outlet Symdrome. This treatment will eliminate all symptoms mentioned and as long as you keep these muscles stretched out.
Mary Jo Smiley (Warrendale, PA) on Oct 1, 2012
I would address both of these as myofascial pain. What is irritating the nerves? Often the pain pattern of a trigger point can feel like nerve pain or the nerve can be impinged by the tight muscle. A well trained Myofascial Trigger point therapist is worth a try!
Trina Elson (Stuart, FL) on Sep 30, 2012
First off, Too many corticosteroid injections may lead to destruction of the cartilage in the joint, nerve damage, weakened and ruptured tendons, and thinning of the nearby bone, according to the Mayo Clinic. In severe cases, death of the adjacent bone may occur. These long-term effects can result in increased pain and discomfort, as well as a worsening of the underlying condition. To prevent these complications, physicians usually limit the amount of injections a patient can safely receive each year. That being said, sounds as if you would benefit from our chiropractor and or acupuncturist. Massage goes hand in hand with both of these services. We also offer ultrasound which can increase the blood flow to those areas and break up any adhesions you may have.
Jennie Mison (Philadelphia, PA) on Sep 30, 2012
Is the nerve irritated or impinged? (And btw, C6-C7 is technically the bottom of your neck not the top. That was a confusing to read.) At this point, you have multiple issues happening. Assuming that the nerve is impinged (and not just irritated from calcification or something else), this could be symptomatic of thoracic outlet syndrome (further corroborated by the swelling in the hand). In that case, extended work on your upper back, trapezius, neck and shoulder area to get those muscles to relax and allow joints to return to their natural alignment will help. Muscle strengthening and balancing would be required to follow up to ensure that the problem does not return immediately. (Imbalance and muscle weakness is usually what causes this problem in the first place.) The increased atrophy/tension in your upper back from lack of mobility is also turning into a secondary problem that will just make fixing the first problem more difficult and time consuming. Like house repairs and house keeping, taking care of it while it is minor is easier than ignoring it until it (and it will) become a huge problem later. Regarding your left leg pain sensations - this wouldn't be coming from your neck but your lumbar nerves. I would suspect at this point that your entire spinal column is not at its most optimal and a thorough examination for rehabilitation would be in order. Chiropractor (if you use them), yoga (everyone should), massage and corrective exercise with a personal trainer (one who is trained in Corrective Exercise!) would be what you are heading toward.
Nobledamon Withey-Bey (Atlanta, GA) on Sep 30, 2012
iwould suggest that you seek a trggerpoint injection nurse or naturalpathic dr. to give you the treatment do not let any one that isnt at least a nurse practitioner do the process
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Sep 29, 2012
Craniosacral therapy, cold lasers and meditation can be of great help. If possible attend a gong session. Sound has great healing capabilities. Check the experience of the player before actually participating in a session.
Sandy Rabolli (Coral Springs, FL) on Sep 29, 2012
neuro muscular therapy, heat, myoskeletal release are all excellent modalities I use daily with great success to treat your symptoms. Also exercise, stretching, diet and relaxation techniques and postural alignment would be most helpful
Brian Skow (Scottsdale, AZ) on Sep 29, 2012
I've successfully treated such conditions with Shiatsu, Japanese medical bodywork, a form of acupressure.
Craig Bowlen (Panama City, FL) on Sep 29, 2012
if you have a report of findings from an mri i would be glad to take a look at them and suggest where you could begin your treatment contact me AT craigbowlen09@gmail.com or my cell is 850 774 7813
Judy Christen (Sacramento, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Somatic Education, FeldenKrais
Jason Zwickler (Norwalk, CT) on Sep 29, 2012
Cold Laser Therapy and massage can be very helpful.
Danielle Fink (Santa Barbara, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
A massage with a deep trigger point/acupressure focus as well as a combination of stretching can provide significant relief to internally rotated shoulders. It sounds like the "hardened/cracking noises" you are hearing are a supraspinatus/subscapularis flare up -- these muscles guard and rotate our shoulder blades -- they are easy to agitate and rarely get the attention they deserve-- Ask for a massage therapist that can perform deep work with a focus on your upper body-- you should feel relief after one session and long-term benefits (depending) on 2-4 sessions.
Pamela Allen (Sacramento, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
A Trigger Point therapy
Pamela Allen (Sacramento, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
A Trigger Point therapy
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Sep 28, 2012
Nerve root issues are beyond the scope of massage therapy. I suggest a neurologist or chiropractic evaluation.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Sep 28, 2012
Nerve root issues are beyond the scope of massage therapy. I suggest a neurologist or chiropractic evaluation.
Pamela Fields (Warner Robins, GA) on Sep 28, 2012
I am going to suggested you try this Reflexology technique on yourself. The pet store have a rubber ball for dogs. Use the ball for pressure on the bottom of your feet. You are going to stand on the ball get two balls to do both feet at the same time. Practice makes perfect it's gonna hurt at first but keep trying. Balance yourself on the wall. This will help calm the nerves in your entire body. Roll the ball along the whole foot. Your feet and hands have nerve endings.
Bette Eastman (Plant City, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
First of all, my deepest empathy for the pain you've experienced and may still be experiencing, and the process you've endured to attempt to alleviate the pain! As massage therapists it's out of our scope of practice to diagnose; however, I can explain to you how the nerves lie and what is most likely being compressed. Exiting from the cervical 6 & 7 is the Brachial Plexus which is a bundle of interacting (plexus) nerves that "meet" near the head of the brachial which is part of the arm between the shoulder and elbow. This area oftentimes is compressed by the Pectoralis Minor which originates on your 3rd, 4th, and 5th ribs and inserts on your scapula or shoulder blade. This muscle, along with the scalenes, neck muscles that connect your cervical region to your ribs, are known as the "neurovascular entrappers" because they cause the condition you're suffering from. Swedish to Deep Tissue massage of the upper pectorals first, then moving onto other affected muscles would be very beneficial and may completely relieve your condition. Your other muscles are compressing and tightening as a result of this source. It's all interconnected. Since you are seeing a physician, your massage therapist may request a release from him or her. Thank you & I pray for your relief!
Bette Eastman (Plant City, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
First of all, my deepest empathy for the pain you've experienced and may still be experiencing, and the process you've endured to attempt to alleviate the pain! As massage therapists it's out of our scope of practice to diagnose; however, I can explain to you how the nerves lie and what is most likely being compressed. Exiting from the cervical 6 & 7 is the Brachial Plexus which is a bundle of interacting (plexus) nerves that "meet" near the head of the brachial which is part of the arm between the shoulder and elbow. This area oftentimes is compressed by the Pectoralis Minor which originates on your 3rd, 4th, and 5th ribs and inserts on your scapula or shoulder blade. This muscle, along with the scalenes, neck muscles that connect your cervical region to your ribs, are known as the "neurovascular entrappers" because they cause the condition you're suffering from. Swedish to Deep Tissue massage of the upper pectorals first, then moving onto other affected muscles would be very beneficial and may completely relieve your condition. Your other muscles are compressing and tightening as a result of this source. It's all interconnected. Since you are seeing a physician, your massage therapist may request a release from him or her. Thank you & I pray for your relief!
Catherine Schneider (Toledo, OH) on Sep 28, 2012
CranioSacral is VERY effective in relieving spinal nerve pain. One of its techniques is very specific and VERY gentle in loosening restrictions at the nerve roots. CranioSacral also relieves the "bracing-against-pain" effect that ties up the muscles even more. Just the other day a lady told me her pain level went down from an 8 out of 10 to a 2 out of 10 with just 8 minutes of treatment! Give CranioSacral a try to get your nervous system working correctly. Then I would suggest that you get the books by Egoscue to help any postural issues that may be reinforcing you problems.
Nina Edley (Laurel, MD) on Sep 28, 2012
Get a Swedish massage medium pressure to try to get surrounding muscles to loosen & then have the massage therapist address the neck muscles up to head area(adding in a little scalp massage/with compression & holds.
Larry Joyner (Rocky Hill, CT) on Sep 28, 2012
I would recommend Reiki and Energy work on C6/C7 to help move the stagnate energy that is blocked. Also treatment on a BioMat that helps reduce pain and loosens muscles. With a therapeutic session for back.
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Sep 28, 2012
the only thing i can think of that would help from my profession is a little bit of stretching on your neck area and some resisance moves as well(stretching the deeper muscles like behind the shoulder blade(scapula). this will help with range of motion and adding in a swedish massage will help with the blood flow to the muscles. i have also had my husband that has shoulder problems also; to put a cold compress on for a little bit about 5mins or as long as you can take it and quickly put heat(a heatingpad that is already hot) to it this will give the muscles a shock of fresh blood flow to the area. as the cold will slow down the blood flow then the heat will circulate quickly to the muscle area. any other questions feel free to ask and i will help you as much as i can
Herb Gleason (Pompano Beach, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
Therapeutic massage,slowly releasing tension in affected areas.
Kennette Klees (Houston, TX) on Sep 28, 2012
Swedish Massage, Hot Shower with towel on your neck, See your physician for a PT referral, as you would need for them to teach you how to work through the issues. We can assist in relaxing and easing the pain.