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I have a pinched nerve in my neck causing pain in shoulder and arm with tingling down my right arm. What treatments would you advise?

Kymberly Kula (Lakewood, CO) on Apr 25, 2012
Try doing either ice or hot pack treatments to loosen up the muscles. Get a deep tissue massage on the neck and upper back area. Are you getting a sharp pain between your spine and shoulder blade along with tightness and pain in the neck and numbness and tingling in your fingers? You may have some trigger points in your deeper neck and shoulder muscles that are irritated, making it feel like a nerve is pinched. Trigger point therapy will help release and flush them out, hopefully bringing you some relief. Try to see a chiropractor to help realign your neck and spine. Pay attention to your posture, repetitive actions and sleeping habits.
Sung C. Cho (Torrance, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
You may have a dislocation of the cervical spine or a pinched nerve on the right side due to muscle tension. In this case, acupuncture is recommended to get the dislocation or tension back to normal. Acupuncture needles are inserted into the cervical spine (don't worry, it doesn't hurt) or trigger points on the muscle. Conditions like these are often treated through acupuncture.
Phillip Racette (Skokie, IL) on Apr 25, 2012
When there is a pinched nerve in the neck, I recommend a survey of the pain level in the neck, the arm, and 8 other major areas of the body to create the best treatment plan. In my practice, I have found that two to five sessions of East Indian head massage can solve similar issues. Foot reflexology also corrects this issue. In the case of the latter, one can learn the acupressure points on the hands and feet and do self-treatment in the event of future flare-ups.
James Jordan Harrell (Keystone Heights, FL) on Apr 25, 2012
Try finding a therapist that is a practitioner of Structural Energetic Therapy. This technique has a wonderful head/neck and shoulder protocol, which is a good thing to start with since carpel tunnel entrapments most commonly start in the neck. After a few of those sessions, I would suggest that you progress to the more specific nerve entrapment protocol. Hope this is useful information to you and that you feel better. Be in good health!
Orlando Harding (Milwaukee, WI) on Apr 25, 2012
It sounds as though it may be a scalene pinch of the medial nerve, which runs down the right arm. First, make an appointment with a licensed professional and have him test for CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome). If negative, this will also eliminate the possibility of TOS (thoracic outlet syndrome), which mimics the symptoms of CTS. Next, after warming the tissue, a scalene pinch should be performed. This feels very uncomfortable at first, but once performed a few times, the client gets used to it. The scalene pinch brings relief to the medial nerve.
Audrey Hamilton (Roseville, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
I would advise having a complete chiropractic examination to find out exactly what is going on and to what degree, and in what specific vertebral location. Then I would advise having chiropractic treatments and regular massage sessions to help the body heal and to manage the tingling sensations.
Brenda Breedlove (Oakland, Ca, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
If you have been checked by a chiropractor and all is all right with your spine, I would have a neuromuscular massage therapist check you for thoracic outlet syndrome. Thoracic outlet syndrome is caused by nerve compression somewhere along the brachial plexus (the bundle of nerves that comes from the spinal cord down through the arm and to the hands.). This can be happen in one or more places and can be caused by trigger points, a hypersensitive "knot" of sorts. I have found that for dysfunctions such as nerve impingement/compressions, chiropractics and a mix of trigger point and myofascial release helps to "re-educate" the body to a more functional state. Please contact me if you have any further questions, as I specialize in neuromuscular massage and have gotten great results from clients with dysfunctions such as yours. I hope that helps!
Jenny Sweeney (Tallahassee, FL) on Apr 25, 2012
Ouch! While massage therapists cannot diagnose symptoms, it sounds as though you might have an inflammation in the brachial plexis, which travels along the back of your shoulder blade and down through the back of your arm. The best treatment would be for a mixture of Swedish and Deep Tissue focused on these areas. Ideally, the massage therapist will warm the tissues in the area up with Swedish strokes, and then concentrate on loosening the muscles that might be restricting or tightening around the nerve in the area (muscles include: Trapezius, Rhomboids, Infraspinatus, Supraspinatus, Levator Scapulae, Deltoid, Biceps and Triceps). Working these muscles will increase circulation and blood flow to the area, promoting healing, range of motion and (hopefully) decreasing any tingling and pain sensations.
William McCammon (Oxford, MS) on Apr 25, 2012
Trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and moderate to deep tissue therapeutic massage will all target the symptoms associated with the pinched nerve. Taut muscles are pressing on the nerve, causing the pain and tingling, trigger points, and adhesions between your muscles and the nerve in question. Most pinched nerves can be solved with a massage.
Jacklin Arastouzadeh (Beverly Hills, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
Acupuncture, herbs, magnets, and electrical treatments are very powerful tools to treat this condition.
Cari Cater (Smyrna, GA) on Apr 25, 2012
Acupuncture is very effective for treating pinched nerves. You may also have a vertebrae out of alignment, so you may want to pair acupuncture with a chiropractic adjustment.
Adi Barad (Winnetka, IL) on Apr 25, 2012
I always recommend going to your family practitioner first to try to diagnose the correct condition. After ruling out many other conditions, alternative medicine, which includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and body work therapy can be beneficial. Check with your local alternative medicine practitioner.
Christian Green (Seatac, WA) on Apr 25, 2012
Regarding massage, there is one resource that may resonate with you and your situation. A colleague of mine, who is presenting at the International Fascia Conference, is developing techniques that can cause release in the fascia comprising nerve cells. Here is his website: http://www.neurofascia.com/research-articles/
Daphne Basile (Hyde Park, MA) on Apr 25, 2012
Try deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy.
Laura Gruenwald (Jupiter, FL) on Apr 25, 2012
Trigger point therapy. It will help release that muscle.
Simon Nelson (North Hollywood, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
Three to five sessions of acupuncture will make a difference.
Katalin Csoka (Mission Viejo, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
How long has this been going on? Do not stop using your arm, as enhanced blood circulation is utterly important! Do not "baby" your arm.
Kim Vandeveer (Rohnert Park, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
Seek medical advice to rule out damaged nerves. After the diagnosis, you can get acupuncture treatment.
Mark Carlson (Costa Mesa, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
Try ART, myofascial release, laser therapy, electrostimulation, or chiropractic adjustment.
Lisa Nicholson (San Diego, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
I would recommend acupuncture, possibly with microcurrent stimulation.
Christine Gross (Grand Rapids, MI) on Apr 25, 2012
I would treat this condition with heat and deep tissue therapy with acupressure on the painful area.
Megan Dempsey (Denver, CO) on Apr 25, 2012
I would suggest the myokinesthetic system. This is a modality that involves working with all the muscles innervated by the agitated root nerve. I stretch each muscle and add a tactile sensation. This tends to act like hitting the "reset button" on a TV or VCR and is very effective with nervous pain.
Michael Moy (Willowbrook, IL) on Apr 25, 2012
The best treatment would be acupuncture on the C4 and C5 areas, combined with massage and cupping.
Howard Rontal (Potomac, MD) on Apr 25, 2012
Check out Doug Alexander's nerve flossing and gliding on Youtube. He's a Canadian massage therapist and his nerve mobilization classes are excellent. The Youtube clip is for self care and you may find it very useful.
Nicole Garcia (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Apr 25, 2012
You might want to see an acupuncturist. I have seen many cases similar to yours in my office. I have had great results with a combination of electro-acupuncture and cupping therapy. Relaxed muscles and reduced local inflammation help take pressure off the nerve, while increased local circulation help to properly nourish the nerve and muscle.
Tony George (Akron, OH) on Apr 25, 2012
The tingling down your arm is more than likely because your scalene muscles, which attach to the the first few ribs, are tight. These muscles intersect with the brachial plexus, a "nerve center" for the arm. Treat the scalenes and the problem will more than likely go away. The Pectoralis Minor, another muscle that passes by the brachial plexus, may also be tight.
Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Apr 25, 2012
Acupuncture is fantastic for musculoskeletal problems.
Christina Richards (New York, NY) on Apr 25, 2012
Often a pinched nerve can be related to a cervical (neck) vertebrae out of alignment. Chiropractic adjustments can be helpful to realign the bones in the neck to take the pressure off of the nerve. However, addressing the cause of the misalignment is important, because if the tissue is not released from pulling on the bones, then the bones will compress the nerve again and cause the pain in the shoulder and down the right arm. Rolfing aims to lengthen the fascia that is causing imbalances in the entire body. If the curvatures below the neck are not addressed by releasing the tissue and the entire body in not aligned, chances are the nerve will get pinched again. I have had clients who have gotten a lot of relief from their pain by getting the Rolfing 10 series because it addresses the imbalances in the body causing the pinched nerve in the neck.
Fabio Botter (Christiansburg, VA) on Apr 25, 2012
Tui-na (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is the answer for sure. Sometimes I am able to solve the problem in one session.
Ta-Li Chang (La Habra, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
Choose acupuncture and Tui-Na (which is bodywork, not just massage). Acupuncture will decrease inflammation of the spine and nerves. It will move the qi and blood to help your neck to become healthier. After your acupuncturist has worked on the problems with your muscles, tendons and ligaments, you can use Tui-na.
Fred Russo (Edmonds, WA) on Apr 25, 2012
I have experience with working with patients with this type of pattern. I would do a combination of acupuncture, Tui-na or massage, and light cervical traction. To get the cervical traction ,you will need to see a Cchiropractor or physical therapist. Make sure the DC or PT has experience with traction or your symptoms can be exacerbated.
Chantal Davis (San Diego, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
I would definitely advise acupuncture. Acupuncture can help loosen muscles in the neck surrounding the vertebrae, where it seems that one of your nerves is being impinged.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Apr 25, 2012
Try massage and neck exercises, and heat the area.
Deborah Lundin (Canoga Park, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
Do orthopedic massage and structural integration bodywork on the upper back, neck, pectoral area, rotator cuff and the arm to check for trigger points. I am guessing your bracial plexus nerve is being affected. It runs down along the neck and into the arm. When it gets constricted or impinged, it can cause a tingle to run down the arm.
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Apr 25, 2012
It sounds like you may have some nerve involvement. I am finishing up my doctorate in chiropractic and I suggest you see a chiropractor. If you choose to see a massage therapist, make sure your therapist is familiar with either nerve flossing or manual traction.
Robert Conroy (San Diego, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
If you have a tingling running down your arm, or any numb fingers, I suggest you go see an orthopedist ASAP and get an MRI. This could be a serious condition called cervical stenosis, the narrowing of the space around the spinal cord. If the cause of the tingling is pinched nerves in the tubes on the side of your vertebra, the MRI will show this too. Massage is contraindicated here till you get checked out and your doctor approves you for massage. This could be a serious condition and any pressure from massage or a chiropractic adjustment could cause permanent damage to your body. Do not wait to get this checked out.
Efren Jimenez (Burbank, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
First, have you been diagnosed by a doctor? The cause of your pain could be a pinched nerve. Or it could be something else, such as a severely inflamed trigger point, or a bruised and inflamed muscle pressing on arteries, veins and nerves. Make sure you determine the cause of your pain first.
George Engelhard (Orlando, FL) on Apr 25, 2012
I would suggest massage and Chinese medicine.
Kevin Howley (Plymouth, MI) on Apr 25, 2012
Neuromuscular therapy (a very precise type of massage) can help with entrapped nerves. http://neuromusculartherapist.com
Jagdish Jindal (Houston, TX) on Apr 25, 2012
A pinched nerve in the neck means that work is needed on the neck, shoulder and upper arm muscles. Taking into account the pathways of the cervical, subscapularis and radial and median nerves is best.
Anne Hartley (Gahanna, OH) on Apr 25, 2012
The trigger points in the neck muscles and the shoulder area need to be released. It may be necessary to treat the arm also, starting with effleurage and digital kneading and releasing any trigger points found.
Cory Moran (Clearwater, FL) on Apr 25, 2012
I would suggest a combination of myofascial release and trigger point therapy. The muscle is contracting, causing an adhesion or "knot" that is interfering with the brachial plexus. Getting those muscles and tissues to return to relax and return to a normal healthy state should alleviate your issue. Heat with a pad or a hot salt bath after your massage will help as well.
Nancy Web (Pawtucket, RI) on Apr 25, 2012
Many types of treatments apply to your situation. I would start with a combination of chiropractic and an experienced massage therapist. The combination used together usually gets better and longer lasting results then one used alone. Acupuncture, shiatsu and acupressure would also help if you resonate with theses modalities. Most importantly is to discover the root cause of the symptoms so you can avoid the issue after it is addressed so it will not come back. This can vary from injury to sleeping on a pillow that is too high, repetitive motion, improper chair height while working on the computer, etc. Stretching the neck and shoulder gently in all directs will also help to release muscular tension and release the impingement. -Nancy Web
Ken Elwood (Fostoria, MI) on Apr 25, 2012
There are pinched nerves and impinged nerves. It depends on what is compressing the nerve what type of treatment is used. The vertebre can be compressed together compressing the nerve. By expanding the space between the vertebre the compression can be reduced. Muscles can be pressing on nerves and be causing an impingment, by massaging the muscles the impingment can be reduced.
Betty Humphrey (Harrisonburg, VA) on Apr 25, 2012
I would absolutely suggest looking into chiropractic treatment, along with stretches and massage, to alleviate your condition. When the nerves become irritated they can actually begin to swell, so ice therapy will help when applied to the back of the neck. If you are considering chiropractic, I would recommend an Advanced Proficiency Activator Methods Doctor of Chiropractic. The Activator Method is gentle on the body and quite precise in its ability to re-align spinal bones. Once the bones are staying in position, the inflammation will begin to decrease and the symptoms that you are experiencing down the arm will begin to dissipate. To find an activator chiropractor, visit www.activator.com
Betty Humphrey (Harrisonburg, VA) on Apr 25, 2012
I would absolutely suggest looking into chiropractic treatment, along with stretches and massage, to alleviate your condition. When the nerves become irritated they can actually begin to swell, so ice therapy will help when applied to the back of the neck. If you are considering chiropractic, I would recommend an Advanced Proficiency Activator Methods Doctor of Chiropractic. The Activator Method is gentle on the body and quite precise in its ability to re-align spinal bones. Once the bones are staying in position, the inflammation will begin to decrease and the symptoms that you are experiencing down the arm will begin to dissipate. To find an activator chiropractor, visit www.activator.com
Fabian Soto (, ) on Apr 25, 2012
Stretch your fingers in all directions. Put your hands flat on the chair. Hold your arms and shoulders away from the neck. You should feel much better. Then go and see a massage therapist like me.
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Apr 25, 2012
Neuromuscular therapy on the cervical column, spine and the affected arm will help.
Barbara Siminovich-Blok (Nyc, NY) on Apr 25, 2012
If the diagnosis is correct, meaning there has been imaging studies done (like MRI) and/or a correct orthopedic evaluation you can move forward on alternative treatments. I would determine where is the pain originating from, for that I would like to know exactly where is the tingling, plus the quality and scale of the pain. If the tingling sensation reaches the fingers and which ones. That said, acupuncture would be great to reduce inflammation and relax the surrounding muscles of neck and shoulder. After determining which meridians are implicated or stagnant, one can do a treatment following what we call the tendinomuscular trajectory of the meridians. Needles will be inserted in local and distal areas of pain. It is important to do a complete Traditional Chinese Diagnosis to understand your constitution. This will give us an important insight on how to prepare you body to deal with the pain, heal from the injury and prevent repeat injuries.
Nicole Scruggs (Detroit, MI) on Apr 25, 2012
I would personally get a massage. You can also ice the area to reduce inflammation. Make a mixture of extra virgin olive oil, cayenne pepper and a few drops of peppermint oil. Rub this mixture into the affected area. Make sure to stretch and drink lots of water.
Thomas Nash (New Rochelle, NY) on Apr 25, 2012
Acupuncture and cupping therapy should help alleviate the discomfort considerably.
Kevin Franklin (Brandon, FL) on Apr 25, 2012
Only a doctor can handle this situation. You must be diagnosed and know if massage is appropriate in your situation. If it is, I would love to help. Give me a call.
Judie Yim (New York, NY) on Apr 25, 2012
The neck is the most mobile area of your spine. Working on the entire back will help.
Sue Moore (, ) on Apr 25, 2012
Trigger point therapy and cross fiber friction work for this condition. You may wish to seek a good chiropractor as well, one that listens to your concerns and will answer your questions (and takes X-rays). I hope that this helps you.
Dominic Quin-Harkin (San Rafael, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
Your best bet is going to be a less invasive type of modality, such as myofascial release. This incorporates stretching, compressions, firm and coercive pressure but is not deep or painful. When a nerve is involved, it's usually irritated and or trapped along its pathway by a muscle, bone or joint. The goal is to go through that nerve path and to soften the tissues around that nerve and remove the irritation, like taking a heavy rock off of a hose to let the water flow freely again. There are a lot of small muscles in the neck that could use some attention, which will start alleviating the pressure from the spine outward. I would advise for the immediate time (acute phase) to avoid chiropractic work until you've seen a massage therapist to soften the muscles. However, after a few sessions, when you have a better range of motion, chiropractors are great at maintaining the balance.
David Barr (Seattle, WA) on Apr 25, 2012
Without having you here, with me, it is difficult to assess the specifics treatments that would be effective. I would suggest a combination of PNF and Cranio Sacral, with additional passive stretching and Neuro Muscular Facilitation to get the muscles that are impinging on the nerves to relax and reduce the pressures. That said, though, all I can do online is guess. Sometimes all you need to do is drink some water and take a walk, and it will take care of itself. Or it may be an indication of something much larger, well beyond the scope of Massage to address. There is just no good way to know, absent hands on information.
Rosemary Rickard (Tampa, FL) on Apr 25, 2012
Structural Energetic Therapy with Cranio Sacral Therapy would most likely help relieve the nerve impingement issue by releasing the chronically tight muscles and breaking up the adhesions and scar tissue that is trapping the nerve. You may also need to see a Chiropractic Doctor or Osteopathic Doctor for a neck adjustment and other types of treatments if the Structural Integration is not completely relieving your problem. Warm Regards, Rosemary Rickard, LMT
Clinton Choate (Los Angeles, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
As an Acupuncturist I would certainly encourage you to consider a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach. In TCM we see pain as an obstruction of energy circulation, which of course affects blood circulation and nerve conduction as well. The obstruction can be caused by external factors such as blunt force trauma or environmental conditions like cold and damp, or by internal factors such emotional holding patterns creating muscle tightness or structural misalignment. Pain can also be caused by just plain weakness where there is not enough energy to push through areas of previous injury or those prone to congestion as around joint spaces. To address specific areas of discomfort such as neck and arm pain with radiating numbness into extremities we as acupuncturists strive to open the circulation to the affected part in order to bring more white and red blood cells into the area as well as increase the bodies natural anti-inflammatory response. Acupuncture, including other TCM modalities such as Tuina massage, cupping, moxibustion and herbal preparations all help to open circulation to the affected part. The increased circulation helps to eliminate or reduce the painful condition as it marshalls the body's healing response to restore and rejuvenate itself. Using a metaphor one can think of the energy pathways in the body as little streams of water. When the water level goes down the submerged debris or rocks (obstructions/pain) become more apparent. Increase the amount of water in the stream and they again become submerged and not as noticeable. The increased water flow not only helps to move the debris out of the stream bed but it can also slowly wear down the rocks themselves. - Clinton J. Choate L.Ac
Brenda Reyes (San Jose, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
sounds like he needs strething and deeptissue?
Amor Largo (Atlanta, GA) on Apr 25, 2012
Try deep tissue massage.
Aram Akopyan (Glendale, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
One of the best combination treatments is acupuncture and Tui Na. You can get almost immediate relief. The more pertinent question is whether you have structural problems with disk bulges or disk degeneration. To rule out these issues, I urge you to get an MRI or CT of your neck.
Vanessa McKay (Orangeburg, NY) on Apr 25, 2012
Some causes of your condition might be stress, muscular tension, or structural (subluxation of the vertebrae pressing on the nerve). I find cupping and acupuncture to be the best treatment for muscular tension and stress. However, if it is structural, the spine needs to be adjusted with chiropractic care.
Crystal Balboa (Desert Hot Springs, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
Try trigger point therapy in the neck, chest and arms.
Mary Jo Smiley (Warrendale, PA) on Apr 25, 2012
Was the onset of pain sudden or gradual? Have you seen your doctor? If the symptoms have been gradual, it is very possible that there are tight muscles causing the tingling. Trigger points in the scalenes and pectoralis minor are the most common culprits. After being checked by your doctor, try to find a myofascial trigger point therapist.
Joseph DeBoo (Naperville, IL) on Apr 25, 2012
What is causing the pinching? Is it bony entrapment or is it muscular entrapment? Finding that out is key to treatment. Though both types of entrapment produce pain, there is a subtle difference between the two - one is slightly sharper and deeper than the other. Bone is hard to break. It takes a good amount of force body for that to happen. That being the case, bone - not being the resilient material that soft tissue is, will break. When you have bone on bone pinching a nerve, then the pain will feel sharp and be distinct. Soft tissue and connective tissue are very different. One of the properties of soft tissue is its resiliency to bounce back. This is the tissue we have the most of throughout the body in the form of skeletal muscle and the organs of the body. The nerves allow for communication between the muscle and the brain. When muscle tissue is injured or stressed, it contracts and becomes tight. As the muscle tissue contracts, it tightens around the nerve in that muscle. The muscle tissue can contract to a point where it pinches that nerve, causing pain. What is felt is somewhere in between sharp and dull on the pain spectrum. My approach would be to use eselan and therapeutic touch to feel out the neck and then go from there. Deep tissue work can be used, but if deep tissue work is done wrong, it can cause more harm then good.
Janet Duffy (West Chester, PA) on Apr 25, 2012
I have also had pinched nerves in my neck due to a motor vehicle accident. The pain traveled down my arm through my elbow and stopped between my ring and middle finger. It also radiated into my scapula and gave me a headache at times. It sounds like a misalignment in your neck. I am a believer in chiropractic care. I like the idea of a massage first that focuses on all the affected muscles in the area in the neck, followed by a chiropractic adjustment. The massage usually makes the adjustment easier by loosening the muscles around the area.
Jason Bussell (Wilmette, IL) on Apr 25, 2012
Acupuncture can help pinched nerves. It can relax the muscle spasms that cause or exacerbate the condition. Plus, it can reduce inflammation in the nerves. A good practitioner should also examine your work and sleep habits and try to ascertain why this condition arose in the first place. Physical therapy can also be helpful, although I would wait until the acupuncture had calmed the condition down a little first.
Mesha Anderson (Saint Louis, MO) on Apr 25, 2012
If your doctor gives permission for massage, stripping of the posterior neck muscles should relieve most of your discomfort. Myofascial/trigger point release in the upper traps (shoulders) would make the massage effects more lasting. But see a doctor first.
Joseph McCoy (Muenster, TX) on Apr 25, 2012
That sounds more like Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, or nerve trunk compression. It is easily treatable without drugs or surgery. I would use advanced orthopedic/ medical massage techniques as well as myoskeletal alignment technique. The condition is related to frozen shoulder. The brachial plexus nerve starts to get compressed near the first rib and clavicle region, so we create space by loosening anterior scalenes. I would also do joint mobilization for the humerus and unstick any adhesions in the joint capsule. There is usually some tendonosis in the supraspinatus tendon with this disorder as well.
Lorinda Walker (Emerson, NJ) on Apr 25, 2012
I have had a lot of success treating pinched nerves with raindrop therapy. Oils are first applied to the feet, then to the spine. After all oils are applied, a back massage is provided, followed by a hot towel compress. The oils to work to relieve pain quickly and most clients report great improvement in their pain levels after one or two sessions.
Claudio Luna (Los Angeles, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
This could be caused by the scalenes squeezing the brachial plexus, a herniated intervertebral disk or something along those lines. I would ask if the patient has been to a chiropractor or any related doctor who has OKed massage. If not, I would perform Swedish massage treatment to avoid injuring nerves or worsening the condition by applying deep tissue, friction or pressure point massage techniques.
Jonathan Liem (Monrovia, CA) on Apr 25, 2012
Well, this is just my opinion, and not medical advice. But it sounds like TOS - Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. There is also a pseudo-TOS, usually from myofascial trigger points (read: knots). I could point out the difference, however, the treatment really is the same: treat the scalenes. Scalenes form part of a triangle shape that the brachial plexus (read: nerve bundle) threads through and down the arm. Sound familiar now? Regardless of the cause (knots or actual bones pinching) getting some work on the scalenes (basically the side of the neck) would be my first order of business after talking to my doctor. If you have more questions, and want more info on how trigger points (knots) can mimic or influence TOS, message me! Thanks, and hope this helps.
Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on May 11, 2012
This usually indicates that the brachial plexus, the nerve bundle that passes under the collar bone, is impinged either where it exits the spine, or more likely, in the muscle. Deep tissue work, possibly with some heat/cold therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs from your doctor, could help relieve this. You may want to have your spine checked out if you suspect spinal injury or degenerative problems.
Lloyd McElheny (Aurora, CO) on Apr 28, 2012
While I do not diagnose or prescribe, especially at a distance, the symptoms you describe could be caused by a "Trigger Point", and may well respond to Trigger Point Therapy.