Hey everybody, it’s Doctor Jo. And today I’m
gonna show you some stretches and exercises for a brachial plexus injury. So let’s get
started. Sometimes, a brachial plexus injury is called a burner or a stinger. You see it
a lot in football players. And what basically happens is they over stretch their neck, and
that brachial plexus that brings all those nerves out to the arm gets overstretched and
then it’s really painful those nerves are all flared up and it can cause a lot of problems.
So the first set of exercises are gonna be those isometric exercises where you’re not
actually moving your head or your neck, but you’re activating those muscles to get them
stronger. So the first one, you’re just gonna place your hand on the side of your head.
And the motion that you’re doing is this, but your hand’s gonna stop your head from
actually moving. So you’re just gonna kind of push into your hand for about 3-5 seconds,
and then relax. Now don’t push hard, don’t feel like you have to crank it into your hand,
just start off with a light push. Hold it for 3-5 seconds. And then relax. Do about
5 of those and then switch sides. So same thing on the other side, just kind of pushing
in to the hand, but you’re not really moving your head or neck a whole lot. Then place
your palm on your forehead and you’re gonna do this motion, but your hand’s stopping it.
So again, 3-5 seconds kind of pushing in, holding it and then relaxing. Next one is
behind your head. So I like to just hold the back of my head, you don’t have to do your
palm or anything. And then just push backwards. So it would be this motion pushing into your
hand. So holding it, again 3-5 seconds, relax and do about 5 of those. So now, just lying
down on your back with your feet propped up. We call this hook-lying. Just bring your chin
towards your chest. So just coming up like this and then slowly coming back down. So
not going fast, going nice and controlled and just getting that motion in the neck area.
Coming up and slowly coming back down. So do about 10 of these and then work your way
up to about 20 of them. Then you’re gonna lie down on your side and put your arm kind
of up in front of you so you can rest your head here. And then just bring it up to the
side. Now still try and keep your ear up towards the ceiling, sometimes people kind of turn
their head and come up, but try and keep your eyes facing forward and your ear facing up
towards the ceiling. And then come up and slowly come back down. So again, not fast,
control that movement and then coming back down. So do about 10 on one side, switch and
do ten on the other side. So then you’re gonna come up into the quadruped position on all
fours. So this time, try and keep your head straight forward, eyes looking down, and then
look straight up ahead in front of you and then come back down. So looking up, getting
that stretch, and slowly coming back down. Again starting off with just 10, you don’t
want to over irritate those muscles in the brachial plexus and then coming back down.
And then work your way up from there. And then the last stretch/exercise is just shoulder
shrugs. So you’re just gonna come up and slowly come back down. So bringing those shoulder
straight up, not hunching your ears down, but bringing then straight up and then come
back down. So again, just about 10 – 15 of those to start off with. There you have it.
Those were your stretches and exercises for a brachial plexus injury, or a stinger or
burner. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section. If you’d like to
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safe, have fun, and I hope you feel better soon.