Cervical stenosis

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    I am just discovering the online materials, and I wanted to ask about the 70% issue in working with nerves. Many times I have bruised or pinched nerves in my neck without any pain while doing so; I only feel it the next day. I am eager to try out these exercises, but fearful of doing harm unwittingly.

    I should note that I already have a lot of pain and numbness in both arms and hands, showing C3-C6 involvement (the outward side of my right arm is mostly numb down to my ring and little fingers (C6)). I have burning and itching in my fingers and numbness of all kinds in both hands.

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    A note on the 70% rule; I have always been taught that 70% is the maximum. If you are worried about overdoing things 30% effort and reserving 70% is appropriate when injured or ill. this includes range of motion too. Bruce mentions keeping reps very low I believe and you may want to keep them at just what is used in the final guided practice, not the teaching demos.

    It looks like you have done some time with other Energy Arts courses from your join date, so you may already have experience in using the least possible effort, softening, and dissolving. Applying these principles could help your progress without overdoing it.

    That feeling of just barely pressing past the threshold of where the layers grip is extremely important when working with fascia in my experience.

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    Are there any sensations, not pain or discomfort, you notice when you practice, when, the next day, you have bruised and pinched nerves?
    Try to notice any sensations you can tie to this and try to stay away from them. Treat them as your 100% and stay 30% away from them.
    Again sensations, not pain or discomfort, but sensations that occur with the practice sessions that pinch and bruise your nerves.
    Use these as a warning that tomorrow is going to hurt, so, again, stay away from them.

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    I also am working with numbness in the arms and damage to cervical vertebrae. In my case c2 and 3. I have found doing everything slower is very helpful and thinking about working with each vertebrae in turn. Example: Can I feel sensation in c-7 when I do the movement? Sometimes I will tap on the vertebrae to wake it up and I will do only a partial movement stopping afterward to see what I can feel. I have also found focus on the front apron covering the sternum to be particularly helpful.

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