Okay, I realize that you guys are not doctors - which is why I have seen a bunch of them lately. I have three bulging discs (4 mm at the worst point, c4 in my cervical spine - the middle of my neck) that aren't really that serious. The problem originally manifested itself as a terrible muscle spasm, but a chiropractor has had that under control for over a year. The only problem I have is that I can't look straight up; cycling probably doesn't help this. I have my bike setup as neck-friendly as possible and I stay out of the drops as much as possible, and during rides the endorphins kill the pain anyway.
So my sports & medicine doctor as well as my chiro recommend yoga stretches/exercises to help strengthen my neck and shoulder muscles and take the stress off my spine itself. Does anyone here have any similar problems/solutions? Any exercises that I can do to strength those core neck muscles? I have been doing shoulder shrugs and use home-traction devices on a daily basis, and am about to start taking that.. chondritin? I think it is called, the medicine that supposedly helps restore lost cartilage. I'm only 24 and i refuse to give up the road bike unless this becomes extremely serious, but that doesn't seem to be the case. So basically, I just want to get rid of the last remaining bits of pain. I've had an MRI done and so forth, and have been recommended to a neurosurgeon - but all that surgery could do is remove the bone spur that caused the muscle spasm.. but the chiropractor already fixed that, so I nixed that - seemed too extreme.
So. Any advice, fellow cyclists? Any links to Yoga pages or stretches that can build these muscles?