Dr. Riters Real Ease Neck Cradle
After 16+ years of recommending Dr. Riters Real Ease Neck Cradle, I am thrilled to announce that I now carry this awesome product! Of the many items/pillows I’ve tried offering positional/tension release, Dr. Riters Real Ease Neck Cradle is my #1 Go-To. Myself and my clients have gotten great relief from headaches as well as neck and shoulder tension. It’s unique cervical shaped positions your neck while allowing gravity to provide a gentle traction to the base of your skull helping to release tension in the neck, shoulders and jaw. The Real Ease encourages your natural “C” curve of the upper cervical spine; this helps ‘ unhinge’ locked up anterior neck muscles, allowing over stretched, fatigued posterior neck and shoulder muscles much needed slack, bringing relief. $30
Dr. Riters Real Ease Neck Cradle helps reverse what is commonly known as forward head posture which according to Mayo Clinic, leads to long term muscle strain, herniations, arthritis, and pinched nerves.
Neck Cradle Review Of the many items/pillows I’ve tried offering positional/tension release, Dr. Riters Real Ease Neck Cradle is one of my favorites. My clients have gotten great relief from headaches as well as neck and shoulder tension. It’s unique cervical shaped support perfectly positions your neck while allowing gravity to provide a gentle traction to the base of your skull to help release tension in the neck, shoulders and jaw–while relieving tight, sore muscles.
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The Muscle Release Technique has changed the way I approach the treatment of repetitive stress injuries such as plantar fasciitis. Enjoy this article that profiles the treatment.
One of the most common problem areas clients need me to address are, drum roll please, neck and shoulders. Whether you’re driving, doing dishes, computer work, or nursing your baby, many of us find ourselves laboring over our work. Your back hurts, but your pectoral muscles may be to blame. These muscles become short and want to stay in their shortened position, causing rounded shoulders and postural deficiencies.
Occasionally you may try and sit up straight, but 3 seconds into it, you realize it’s difficult and tiring. Passively elongating your upper chest muscles can bring about balance to your upper body; helping to relieve your upper back and neck tension!
Simply place your hand comfortably on a wall or door jam at about shoulder height, elbow can be straight or bent, whichever is more effective, and pivot away. Breath deeply into the stretch, taking the stretch further as the muscles release. This stretch should always feel good, like a morning stretch, and in no way compromise the joint. Play with the stretch and modify it to suit your own body, and be sure to do both sides. If you feel pain, please stop immediately.
You may do this several times a day, and experience the great results!
Do you suffer from typical headaches or neck pain/tension? Barring any serious medical condition, try this simple technique between massages for sweet relief; take a few minutes and lie down or recline in a supportive high back chair and place a cold beverage can comfortably behind your neck.
The cold will help reduce inflammation and also tells your brain that the area is ‘cold’ and not tight or painful, this interrupts the pain/spasm/pain cycle.
The shape of the can will help encourage the natural ‘c’ curve in your cervical spine by aiding in shock absorption, diminishing strain on posterior neck muscles by allowing them to return to their neutral position, and lengthening of anterior neck muscles.
The stillness will calm body & mind.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Forward Head Posture is primarily caused by the weakening and lengthening of the upper-back and neck muscles, and tightening and shortening of the anterior muscles in the neck and chest. It takes time to develop either good or bad posture. Over time muscles and ligaments shorten on one side and lengthen on the opposite.
“For every inch of Forward Head Posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.” -Kapandji, Physiology of Joints, Vol. 3.
Massage can help with this type of imbalance. Neuromuscular Therapy allows the release of gripping, ratcheted anterior neck muscles, restoring the neck to a more neutral position.