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Cervical neuropathy | Nerve pain in the arm | C4, C5, C6, C7, C8

The source of cervical neuropathy is inflammation in the muscles of the upper body region. Nerves pass through or under the upper body muscles. This nerve pain in the arm region results from nerves in the neck-shoulder-chest complex being compressed.  Therefore, the solution is to elongate the upper body muscles back to normal position. If this sounds too easy to be true, the main question is how does one reshape compressed muscles well enough to solve arm nerve pain? A unique method of dynamic stretching, called Active Isolated Stretching, is capable of solving cervical nerve pain that is felt in the arm, hand, or fingers.

 Nerves in the arm run alongside muscles in the arm

Let’s follow the pathway of the nerves of the arm region. Nerves lie underneath or pass through muscles of the body. Muscular inflammation or tightness can result from repetitive motion, poor posture, sports, accidents, or aging. These abnormalities in muscles are common. What is uncommon is finding a detailed method of repairing muscles so that they are thoroughly smoothed out. Deep tissue massage can be helpful, but the kneading motion of massage does not fully restore the muscles to their normal length. Furthermore, many muscles of the shoulder-arm complex are too difficult to elongate with massage methods. The bicep muscle of the arm is one of the most difficult muscles in the body to stretch. It cannot be elongated through massage. And the bicep is a critical muscle to repair in arm nerve pain cases.

Nerve pain in the arm involves rigid neck muscles

Nerve pain in the arm involves nerves originating in the neck and passing through the arm. Many of these nerves start at the C4, C5, C6, C7, C8 region of the cervical discs. These nerves are underneath the sternocleidomastoid and scalene muscles of the neck. They then pass through the shoulder-arm complex. At this juncture, the nerves pass underneath or through the muscles of the chest, shoulder, and arm muscles. Some of these muscles include pectoralis minor, deltoid, biceps, triceps, and corocobrachialis. The way to solve nerve pain in the arm is to follow the trail of muscles that the nerves pass underneath. Completely lengthen all the muscles that follow the pathway of the nerves of the arm. By elongating the muscles of the arm, shoulder, chest and neck, the source of pressure on the nerves is removed.

Sounds too simple to be true

This is a very very simple concept. The solution involves a highly efficient form of muscular stretching called Active Isolated Stretching. This simple solution to cervical neuropathy pain has not been given more publicity because it does not benefit the coffers of the pharmaceutical industry. Therefore, publicity of this solution must be spread at a grass roots level. If we employ Active Isolated Stretching methods to nerve pain, the result is that muscles following the pathway of the nerves of the arm will be completely lengthened. This action will remove nerve impingement. The source of arm nerve pain will be gone.

How do you know if this method will work for your arm nerve pain? Ask yourself if your neck is stiff? Do you have muscular pain in the neck or shoulders? Does your head lurch ahead of your shoulders, in a forward-head posture? Are you developing a small hump in the back of your neck? These are a few signs that muscular stiffness is causing nerve pain in your arm.

Causes of nerve pain in the arm

Commonly, people who experience arm nerve pain will work long hours at a computer with their head lurching forward to see the screen. Women with large breasts will have their head pulled downwards by the weight of their breasts, causing a muscular strain around the neck and shoulders. Commonly people with nerve pain in the arm will also develop a hump in the back of the neck called kyphosis or dowager’s hump. Any activity that causes poor posture in the upper body can contribue to nerve pain in the arm. Gravity is another factor. The force of gravity pulls our body downwards. As people age, muscles get weaker and the downward pull of gravity becomes more pronounced. This action creates poor posture and a greater possibility of experiencing dysfunction in the upper body.

Cervical neuropathy is a muscular shortness problem. For that reason, the best treatment will come from an expert on muscle lengthening. Active Isolated Stretching is the method that will be highly beneficial for people suffering from arm nerve pain. The solution involves isolating and lengthening numerous muscles of the upper body. AIS treatment first involves assisted stretching to restore posture to normal position, these corrections can be maintained by AIS self-stretching and AIS strength training. Because the process is so detailed, session length may last a few hours. Productive changes will usually be experienced after one or two sessions.

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32 Responses to Cervical neuropathy | Nerve pain in the arm | C4, C5, C6, C7, C8

  1. I’m in so much pain from C5-C6, C6-C7 compression that I’m in tears. Nothing works – physiotherapy, chiropractic, injections, nothing. It’s been coming back every year for the past 3 years and lasts about 3-4 months. Driving me crazy. Pain killers don’t work – nothing seems to help.

    • Hi Alison,
      I understand that you have tried many treatments and they have not helped the cervical pain you are experiencing in the C5, C6, C7 region. Please understand that you are not alone. Millions of people are experiencing this same problem and they have tried the same treatments that you have tried. What many of these traditional treatments have not realized is that cervical pain is related to muscular tension not just in the neck muscles but the muscles below the neck. These muscles include the pectorals (chest), deltoids (shoulders), triceps (upper arms), and psoas to name a few. Exercises that cover these muscles are in my upper and lower body videos. The lower body video contains the exercises for the psoas and the upper body video contains the rest of the muscles that are related to neck pain. Please give it a try and let me know if theses AIS self-stretching exercises are of benefit to you.
      Kind regards,
      Anthony Ohm

  2. Hello,

    I Wrote to you about six weeks ago and have still not heard back. I am interested in purchasing your video program for my pinched nerves in my neck from C5 to C7, but I need to know if I can purchase a version that is downloadable on a device and does not require Wi-Fi to play it.

    Can you please answer my question, and also let me know how I would schedule an appointment to see you in person when I’m in Hawaii this June? I hope to hear back from you this time.

    • Hi Liz,
      Sorry for the mixup. This is the first time that I have seen a message from you. The videos for purchase are not downloadable onto any devices. You can watch the videos from any device. You need an internet connection to watch the videos. After payment, you go to my website and login. Then you can watch the videos an unlimited amount.

      Sent by,
      Anthony Ohm

  3. Hello Sir,

    My mother has lots of pain on the right arm says mother’s cervical C5 and C6 discs are reduced. My mother is doing work as a writer. She is doing heating pad, tens, and taking table neubrol and some exercise..please help. What do we have to do? Which exercises will give pain relief to C5 and C6 and create a normal spine?

    • Hi Mohammad,
      If you have internet speed fast enough to watch videos, then I recommend that you purchase my upper body instructional video. The exercises on this video will help with the problems that you mention.
      On the video, I mention the exercises that may be harmful for people with a herniated disc. So you may need to avoid certain exercises. But that is all explained on the video.

  4. Hi Anthony,

    Do you have any testimonials from people who have used your videos? Have they had success? I’m willing to try them but I usually like to see what others thought. I have chronic pain in my upper back, neck, right shoulder, right arm, and into my fingers. I was told I have a pinched nerve between my C5 and C6. I work on my laptop all day at a desk. I’m 30 years of age. 5 weeks have passed I have taken so much medication and nothing has helped the pain or numbness in my fingers. Not even physical therapy. My next step may be surgery. I don’t want to do that without exhausting all of my options.

    Are there any pieces of equipment that I will need with your treatment?
    How certain are you this will help?

    • Hi Joseph,
      I understand that you are having trouble with your upper back and neck, including radiating pain going down the arms. Unfortunately, this is a problem that millions of people are suffering from, especially those that work at computers. The computer age has exacerbated cervical strain that we place on our bodies. It is not helpful to keep your hands at the keyboard for several hours at a time. I recommend that give your arms a break by letting your arms hang by your side every fifteen minutes. It only has to be for a few seconds, then you can resume the hands-at-the-keyboard position.
      The exercises on my video help people get away from the stagnation of working at a computer with locked arms. Unfortunately, there isn’t a medium for me to collect reviews for my videos. However, the problem that you are suffering from is of intense pain and the price that I am asking for to help you deal with this issue is micro fractional in relation to the relief that it may bring you.

  5. I am suffering from right arm pain, weakness in fingers, acute pain in upper right side of back in rhomboid muscle area. All since October end last year.

    • Hi Sandeep,
      Yes, I work with this type of issue quite often. Sounds like cervical neuropathy. My approach is to improve the range of motion in all the muscles that affect this problem. Commonly, this issue involves muscles in the neck and the upper body.

  6. Hi Anthony,
    I am in southern CA and came across this site..
    I have been in PT, Acupuncture, Chiro care..trying it all to get rid of the extremely painful shoulder, then into my hand issues.
    I’ve seen just about every doctor out there, Neurologist did an MRI and I have a severe pinched nerve in my C6-C7
    I do not have any pain in my neck per appears like bursitis in my shoulders, and as it worsens, it then appears like I have carpal tunnel. but in both arms? in both hands? at the same time??
    My neurologist thinks the pain is stemming from my neck. I saw an orthopedic who basically just wants to do surgery, I am now on my second round of shots in my shoulders, and had one spine epidural which is just temporary relief.
    I will try anything…and if I can go to therapy re: AIS? and buy your video I will be so happy to try this..
    just wanted to know your thoughts..
    thanks so much

    • Hi Lisa G.
      I read your story and I understand that this issue has been very difficult to resolve.
      I recommend that you try to stay away from surgery. As this option often makes the problem worse.
      As I wrote in many of my articles, this problem is a muscular issue. Inflexibility in the surrounding muscles of your upper body caused inflammation.
      Inflammation is what you have to reduce to solve this problem.
      Sent by,
      Anthony Ohm

  7. This C6, C7, C8 area is the problem my doctor told me I have after my nerve test report came back to him from Neurology and EMG testing.

    • Hi David J,
      Yes, this is a very common problem. It’s not a death sentence. The answer relates to unwinding the muscles that surround and attach to the neck.
      The neck goes deep into the torso. Which is why the most important muscles to address first are the muscles below the neck: the chest, the upper arms, the upper back, and the shoulders.
      Even if you have herniation in the cervical discs, lengthening the muscles of the torso (below the neck) will usually be safe and beneficial.
      Sent by,
      Anthony Ohm

  8. My 76 year old dad was told he had arthritis in the c5, c6 region that was causing unbearable pain in his neck, shoulder and arm. He had taken two epidural injections at c7, and has now developed pain going down his back and legs to his knees. He had poor posture and spends a lot of time on his laptop in his recliner.

    Do you think your exercises would help?

    • Hi Janelle J.,
      Yes, the AIS exercises will help for the issues that you mentioned. Please remember that if he experiences pain after doing the AIS self stretching exercises, it usually means that he exerted too much force during the exercises. Do not try to stretch too the max. The idea is to gradually unwind the affected areas. Little by little.
      Sent by,
      Anthony Ohm

  9. Hi, I live in the USA. I had cervical surgery C4-C7 in March 2016. Before surgery for three consecutive months I was experiencing shoulder, arm and ear pain. I also was diagnose with vertigo. MRI indicated four bulging discs. Two weeks before surgery all the symptoms left.
    On the eighth month of post operation all the symptoms returned. I am taking ibuprofen for inflammation and flexeril for muscle relaxant. I do get relief. I am scheduled to take MRI and CT scan next week.
    What is your thoughts on why the exact symptoms have returned.

    • Hi Monique,
      It is very common that surgeries of this type do not succeed. The cause is typically related to a problem with the muscles that surround the affected region. Removing or shaving the discs does not address the root cause. It addresses the consequence of having inflexibility or distortion in the surrounding muscles.

      Answered by,
      Anthony Ohm

    • Hi Monique,
      Its difficult for me to say why your pain issues have returned after surgery; especially because we did not do any AIS session work, in which I learn about a person’s range of motion.
      Having said that, I am not an advocate of cervical surgery to correct issues affecting the C4, C5, C6, C7 region of the neck. Surgery of this area often involves shaving off the discs that are protruding. The problem with this technique is that bulge of the discs is not the cause of the problem. The cause of the problem is usually excessive pressure in the muscles that surround the C4, C5, C6, and C7 region.
      This could be why the pain has returned following surgery. The surgery attempted to change the bulge in the discs without addressing why the discs were bulging.
      Sent by,
      Anthony Ohm

  10. I had a cervical fusion c3 through c7 in June of 2011. I still suffer from neuropathy and dysphagia. Can AIS still be practices with limited range of motions in my neck? Please let me know. I regret the surgery. Now I need to find a way to reduce my pain through exercise and diet.

    Thank you.

    • To Cheryl Mc,

      Yes, AIS can still help you. I recommend that you buy the upper body pay-to-view video on my website and spend ample time practicing theses exercises: chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps, upper back. Then when you get to the neck exercises, proceed with caution. Go gently, so that you don’t hurt yourself. A lot of improvement can be made by working the muscles that are below your neck. This approach is high value and under-recognized.

  11. Dear Anthony,
    I have chronic pain in the neck. I had pins & needles in my arm and hand for months after I had done a fair amount of running & surfing of which I have now stopped. My pins & needles have thankfully subsided but my neck is still stiff with restricted movement to the right. I have seen a surgeon, had an MRI & I have been told that surgery in my case is inevitable as my bulging C5 is pushing on the nerve route & spine. Im wondering if you can give me some AIS muscle exercises that I can do myself (without assistance). I want to avoid surgery at all costs. I am also a chronic jaw clencher at night. I have a splint which helps avoiding damaging my teeth but i still clench. Too make matter even more complex I have a neuropausy or some congenital problem & have muscle wasteage in my back and chest which makes my shoulders perpetually roll forward causing permanent strain on my neck causing my C5/C6 problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards David

    • Hi David S.

      Have you been diagnosed with Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) ( also known as, Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome)?

      If yes, are you in the early stages of this condition?

      Sent by,

      Anthony Ohm

    • Dear David S.

      I’m glad that the neuropathy going down your arm and hand has subsided. And perhaps it is in correlation to the stopping of your surfing. When people are surfing, the head position is similar to looking up for long periods of time. This can cause numerous problems in the neck including pain or tingling sensations down the arm and hand. The nerve runs from the neck down the hand. Inflammation in the neck muscles can push into the nerve going down the arm. Furthermore, the constant paddling pattern in surfing will contribute to the shoulders being rounded forward.
      If you want to stay active, I highly recommend that you look into the sport of rowing. This can be done on the open water. And there may be some outdoor rowing clubs in your area. This type of activity will only help your posture and not cause further forward head posture. Additionally, I would recommend doing backstroke swimming as another exercise that will help with your condition. Doing the backstroke is the opposite of the forward paddling stroke of surfing. A primary goal for good posture of the neck is to get the shoulders back. Swimming backstroke and doing rowing exercises will help you achieve this goal. These exercises will also help with the muscle deterioration that you mentioned. If you are not strong enough to go out on the open water, you can do simulated rowing exercises at the gym.
      As far as your teeth clenching at night, this is something that you will have to find a way to stop. I suggest that you look into any and all relaxation techniques that will help you overcome this pattern.
      Examples are: hypnosis, Buddhist meditation, yoga meditation exercises like pranayama, biofeedback or psychotherapy. The teeth clenching has got to be resolved through some type of mental training. It will contribute to more upper body problems like dizziness, balance problems, headaches, swallowing difficulties, and blurred vision. If you only treat the symtoms, the problem will reoccur.

      I am releasing an instructional video of upper body flexibility training exercises. Hopefully, it will be available for purchase on my website in less than ten days. The fee will be affordable. I recommend that you incorporate these stretching exercises into your life. They will be important to do before any athletic exercise. And consistent application of these exercises (not just before exercise) will help your disc issues in your cervical disc. Practicing these same exercises will also help with progressive supranucleur palsy. It won’t cure the problem, but it will be of high value.

      I don’t see any need to rush into surgery. Try these exercises on the video and see if it helps. Depending on the response to this first video, I’d like to produce more strengthening exercise videos which complement the upcoming self-stretching video. And I’d also like to make an instructional video on partner assisted AIS therapy. These future videos will not be available soon. Because I haven’t done the filming yet. But the video that is coming out is the most immediate way to get some improvement to your condition. Also I will be posting more short clips on my youtube channel. If you subscribe to it, you will get the new helpful information. I’m spending a lot of time these days preparing videos. (click the subscribe button at the top)

      Additionally books and videos can also be purchased on the developer’s website: If you buy the book, I recommend the green book. And its better to buy it from the his website versus amazon, because he includes an addendum. The developer is also producing a new book. I think it will be out soon.

      Kind regards,

      Anthony Ohm

  12. Im having a c5 disc issue causing pain in neck and right arm in 4th week of therpy hoping pain will go away soon!! Any other solutions??

    • Hi Barry,

      What kind of therapy are you doing? Please describe your treatment process. Is it helping at all? Have you noticed any changes since you started your therapy?

      Anthony Ohm

  13. This has been so helpful. I have autoimmune disease but this pain in my neck is by far the worst thing I have had to deal with. Its debilitating. This will save my life I believe. I’m only 38 and would like to have my life back.

    • Hi Stacey,

      I am very happy that you have been able to benefit by the information I am presenting. The negative effects of autoimmune disease will be lessened and your neck pain will be resolved through AIS treatment. You deserve to have your life back. You are on the right path.
      Anthony Ohm

    • Hi Uttam,

      I don’t think that yoga has a great plan for neck pain in the C4, C5, C6, C7 region. Many of the postures in yoga encourage a long contraction of the shoulder muscles (downward dog). These postures can further tighten the muscles that are contributing to neck pain.

      Best regards,

      Anthony Ohm

  14. Hello, do know of any places I can go to in the Tokyo area? I love your video’s but not sure if any here are knowledgable when it come to your stretching techniques. Thank you for the advice.

    Mr.Sheldon Eatmon

    • Hi Sheldon,
      Active Isolated Stretching is still only practiced by a small group of therapists. The majority are in the United States. I am trying to develop contacts to teach seminars in Korea. And I would be willing to teach workshops in Japan too. I need about twenty students to make the workshop possible. Anyone would be allowed to attend the workshop training. The training would be of particular interest to athletic coaches and trainers, physical therapists, doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists.
      Anthony Ohm

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Anthony Ohm is a pain specialist and a sports therapist. The technique is called Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening(AIS). Treatment is available in Honolulu, Hawaii and Los Angeles, California The AIS method is highly beneficial for: disc issues, chronic physical pain, pain related to aging, arthritis, bursitis, sciatica, neuropathy, Parkinson's disease, and much much more... However you are presenting, whether you are crippled or a professional athlete, AIS treatment will put you in better physical condition than your current state.