A “pinched nerve” is the name given to the uncomfortable sensation, pain, or numbness caused when increased pressure leads to irritation or damage to a peripheral nerve (A peripheral nerve is one that is outside the brain and spinal cord.). Although this condition is often associated with back pain or a neck injury, almost any nerve is susceptible.
How to Fix Pinched Nerve Shoulder
One of the many little tricks and tips that can help to fix pinched nerve in the shoulder is to take an old sock and fill it with rice; then put the sock in the microwave for 1 minute and apply to the shoulder. This method acts like wet heat. A hot bath can help shoulder pain caused by a pinched nerve, and adding 10 or 15 drops of an essential oil such as peppermint, sandalwood or lavender can help soothe the pain away. Another suggestion offered by the Chiropractic Association is to use a neck pillow. This can offer relief and take the pressure off the area.
Shoulder Exercises for Pinched Nerves
Chin Extension. Sit on a chair and interlace the fingers on both hands. Place them behind your head. Move your chin in a downward direction and to the right side simultaneously. Hold the position for 15 seconds, before looking forward again. Repeat on your left side. Perform the exercise five times in each direction.
Shoulder Shrugs. Perform in a standing position. Keeping both arms at your sides, shrug your shoulders backwards in a rotating motion. Return to the original position in a similar movement from the opposite direction. Perform a set of 15. Take a 30 seconds break between each set.
Bench Press with Broom. Perform this exercise lying down. Lie on your back while holding a broom across your body with both hands at shoulder width. Press the broom pressed upwards until your elbows become straight. Repeat the exercise 15 times with 30 second breaks between each set.