First Rib Mobilization for Neck & Shoulder Pain Relief – Ask Doctor Jo


Hey everybody, it’s Doctor Jo. Today I’m gonna
show you how to mobilize your first rib. It can cause a lot of problems like numbness
in your arms or even headaches. So this is a good way to try and get some of that calmed
down for you. THere’s some simples exercises, let’s get going. The first thing you can do
is grab a belt or something tight, maybe even a long beach towel. But you want it to be
something firm, not like those bands that give. Put the belt around the top of your
neck and shoulder on the side that hurts. Hold it here with the other side and if you
can, if your arm’s not hurting badly enough, grab behind you, so your kind of at and angle.
Almost like a seat belt like when you’re putting the seatbelt on. You want to take your neck
and side bend towards that side and kind of turn down cause that makes those muscles those
scalene muscles relax so it’s holding on to that first rib there. You want to push down
towards that opposite side. And give a nice big pull, hold it there, and take a deep breath.
As you let the breath out, pull even harder. And hold it there about as long as you can,
30 seconds, and then relax. If that gets pretty easy, and your not feeling quite as much of
a stretch, you can actually then take a ball, racquetball, tennis ball, something kind of
firm, and put it in that same spot. Right where that first rib rolls around the neck
to the shoulder. Put it there, press down, side ben your head again. Nice deep breath,
and I’m pushing down as I’m breathing out. Holding, holding, holding, and then relax.
You can do this as many times as you want throughout the day because that’s gonna help
move that rib and make sure the space in between isn’t getting pressed on any nerves or vessels
in there. So there you have it, if you have any questions, leave them in the comments
section, and if you’d like to check out some more videos, go to AskDoctorJo.com. Don’t
forget to follow me on Facebook. And remember, be safe, have fun, and I hope you feel better
soon.

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