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#194027 - 03/14/17 09:33 AM Therapeutic Neck and Shoulder stretches
misskate Offline
"Above & Beyond" Member (500+ posts)

Registered: 02/15/07
Posts: 785
Loc: San Francisco,CA
Hey everybody! So I am 10 years out and I still have a tenderness, pain and stiffness in my neck where I had the neck dissection.

I've been doing some massage with cranial sacral therapy and also have been making a big effort to stretch daily. It's made a big difference in my range of motion and relief of pain. The don't know why I haven't done it earlier! I have fallen off my weekly yoga because I am just really busy right now w work and my little boys but even dedicating 10 - 15 mins a day really targeting these specific areas is making a big difference for me 😌

Here are is a link to one I did tonight that felt amazing. All the ones with the yoga blocks feel sooo relaxing and good and really get deep into the muscles that are our trouble areas so I thought I would share them.

I will be posting more on my Pinterest page as I come across them.

yoga for neck and shoulders--
Tongue Cancer T2 N0 M0 /
Total Glossectomy Due to Location of Tumor

Finished all treatments May 25 2007

#194032 - 03/14/17 03:26 PM Re: Therapeutic Neck and Shoulder stretches [Re: misskate]
bjmpittsburgh Offline
Supporting Member (50+ posts)

Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 57
misskate -

Try stretching your neck while taking a hot shower. That seemed to work the best for me. (Also a great way to start the day!)
1997 SCC Tumor on tongue - Partial Glossectomy
1997 Met to Lymph
Radical Neck Dissection / 2nd Partial Glossectomy
6 weeks chemo and radiation
2011 Stroke
2014 Recurrence SCC at Base of Tongue / Hemi-glossectomy
Free Flap reconstruction from thigh
PEG Tube inserted
6 weeks radiation
Pump Feed
Permanent Issues with speech and swallowing

#194033 - 03/14/17 04:20 PM Re: Therapeutic Neck and Shoulder stretches [Re: misskate]
ChristineB Offline
Administrator, Director of Patient Support Services
Patient Advocate (old timer, 2000 posts)

Registered: 06/23/07
Posts: 9435
Loc: PA
Always great to see your posts, Kate smile Im so happy to hear you are doing so well with moving on since your battle 10 years ago. You are an inspiration to all of us who have gone thru treatments and learned to live with the after effects and late effects of OC and its brutal treatments. I hope you can make time to stop by more frequently.

Thank you for sharing your yoga poses with us smile
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07, no caregiver
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo extended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line w/ IV antibiotics 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3 times in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile


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