Does Osteoporosis Cause Neck Pain?

Hi, I’m Margaret Martin at MelioGuide, and
today we’re going to talk about neck pain. So a lot of my clients say, “Margaret, I just
got my bone density, and I’m really nervous, because it seems like since I’ve gotten my
bone density results my neck is really sore.” And so is there a correlation between the
results in the neck of the femur and your neck? Not really. However, and I’ll explain this a little bit
more in terms of the neck of the femur, but right now I want to go into, you know, you
get those results, and it really feels very stressful, you almost feel like your bones
have abandoned you. It’s like, “Whoa, what? My bone density’s so low?” And so that stress, that anxiety, we carry
a lot of that in our necks. And so, although the results of the neck of
the femur doesn’t directly correlate with your neck, the fact that your bone density
is low can be causing you some stress and anxiety. So I’m going to share with you two wonderful
stretches that you can do for your neck, and these stretches are also found in the “Exercises
for Better Bones” book, because they’re wonderful for posture. And so, first thing, as with all your stretches,
I need you to stand really tall, because the position of your spine all the way up to the
base of your neck dictates how your head is sitting over your shoulders. That’s really critical when doing your stretches. So I don’t want you sitting or standing slouched,
I need you lifting tall and bringing your ear as close to your shoulder as you can before
you begin these stretches. So here it goes. I’m just going to demonstrate one on each
side, and the important part here is I want you to think about hinging from one vertebra
at a time. Taking a breath in, and then exhale as you
bring your ear over your shoulder. We have seven vertebrae, and we want each
one of them to be part of the movement. So ear to shoulder. Nice and tall. Nice breath in. Exhale as you go in the opposite direction. And so I’m bending one vertebra at a time,
bringing my ear as far as I can over my shoulder. I want to feel a delicious stretch in the
opposite side. This should not be painful in any way. And you come back up one vertebra at a time,
back to your tall posture. That’s a great stretch for your upper trapezius. Second stretch. We go back towards the first stretch, ear
toward shoulder, but before we get into a really deep stretch, we bring our chin over
our nipple line. So coming over, and now you want to feel the
stretch in your levator scapulae, which is a muscle that helps elevate your scapula,
or your shoulder blade. And you’re going to come down, you’re going
to enjoy that stretch, and I won’t make you watch me for 30 seconds, but you might want
to hold it 30 seconds or longer. And we’ll repeat the same thing on the other
side, last one. Inhale, exhale. Ear to shoulder. While you’re doing ear to shoulder, nose is
always pointing straight ahead, and then your nose and your chin come down towards your
nipple line, towards the center of your collarbone, enjoy that lovely stretch, and then coming
back up. So despite your results in your neck of your
femur, you can help your neck feel better. Thanks for tuning in. I’m Margaret at MelioGuide.


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