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If you get tense in your neck and shoulders, could you have unresolved injuries there? It is not uncommon for a head injury to include minor but chronic neck injuries that go down to T-1 or T-2. These injuries can be very sensitive to stressful situations. Plus, muscle tension can be caused by upper brain stem inflammation. This is why icing the upper neck can be helpful.
My neck is never sore but it does get inflamed. I ice it and the inflammation goes down and the other related symptoms get better.
TENS can work by overloading the nerve signals so they shut down or slow down allowing the muscles to relax. The nerve signals start in the upper neck/brain stem. So, addressing the upper neck/brain stem with ice is usually helpful.
Ice is too low tech for many therapists to suggest.
The aspirin and paracetamol combination gives me relief similar to codeine and paracetamol.
What kind of stressful situations are you commonly in that cause you shoulder and neck tension? They may also be slowing your recovery.
Mark in Idaho
58 years old, retired due to disability, married 33 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after last concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate and short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual and auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and reduced paroxetine by half 3/2013
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