Even though it’s almost unthinkable and weird, the pain felt in the neck and shoulder can be coming from your hand.
Jill Miller, the author of The Roll Model and creator of Yoga Tune Up, states that daily activities such as writing, typing, holding your kid, or talking on the phone can create tension in the hands which bursts up to the shoulders and neck.
Miller explained on an episode of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s show #OWNSHOW how to use a tennis ball to relieve shoulder and neck pain.
First, put the tennis ball on the table, desk, or any other hard surface. Press the junction where the thumb meets the rest of the hand on the ball and start rolling the hand on the ball repeatedly. This will pry the junction open. Even though it might feel uncomfortable at first, will release the stress from your hand.
After a while, pivot your hand just like you’re juicing oranges. These movements should be kept for a minute. After, you should stand upright and raise your arms over your head and see if the hand that you just exercised goes further than the other hand. You will be confused and surprised to see that it does and it shows that you have increased your physical flexibility.
This method is a type of acupressure. There is an additional pressure point located on the hand that when you press it you’ll relieve your neck pain, explains Bipasha Mukherjee of Modern Reflexology. This pressure point is called the “Hidden Valley” and it’s located between the thumb and the forefinger. Cradle your hands and lightly press your knuckles of your left hand in the center palm of the right hand. Press the soft part of the skin with the thumb of your left hand. You’ll need to press just under the web between thumb and forefinger. Press for 2-3 minutes and repeat on the other hand.