I have a neck injury that doesn't seem to go away, and i figured i'd ask everyones advice.
Yes, i tried the search button. all i found was some kick ass triangle variations and stories about Ryan Hall triangling Lloyd Irvins wife or something.
I'm a blue belt who's been training for about 2.5 to 3 years, the last 10 months of which have been at my current gym. My neck has been fine until i moved to north / central jersey and started training at a gym full of over muscled guidos that counter every move with a death grip headlock.
Normally through out the day, my neck feels slightly stiff, but no single position in particular hurts. when i roll, any time i'm on the bottom i feel alot of pressure in my head. being side mounted is very stressful, and being bottom in full mount is incredibly bad. i almost feel claustrophobic, even when the top guy isn't trying to crush me. i've actually tapped from overweight white belts grabbing onto my head and squeezing.
at night, my poor fiance has to put up with me taking hours of tossing and turning until i find a good position to sleep in. no matter how i lie, my neck feels like it needs to be cracked.
the scariest part, after a week off from training, i felt much better. one night back and same old problem. i'm scared that i'll have to giveup training or something.
I have a doctor appointment next week, but i wanted to get some opinions from some other people who train first.
You gotta find a new gym. I've trained at a gym where everyone go's for neck cranks and spinelocks. There usually not enough to make my tap, but I had a sore neck the next couple days. Hearing stories like this really makes me appreciate my gym. Chokes are fine, but stay away from neck cranks on your training partners. We train cranks slow, controlled, and not live.
I too have a really bad neck thank god i have a really good group of guys that flow when we grapple I have found that changing the way i grapple due to my injuries is challenging but in a good way i find action guard helpfull butterfly guard aswell also i dont fight it when my partner puts a hand on my jaw to pin my head to the mat i just let him anytime my neck is in a position that I could get hurt i just tap alot of pride swallowing but atleast i can still train good luck bro also maybe find a different gym
I know this may be obivious but have you tried ice packs and massage to get the inflammation down? Then start a program of bridging both front and back.
First protect your neck..and the health of your neck once you're healed enough to train it.. dogmatic neck training is one of the physical things that allowed me to survive my neck break and spinal trauma...but like any other training.. you gotta be smart and listen to your body.
Secondly, stop training with meatheads who have no regard for your physical well being while training.. training is built on a communal and consentual trust in that, in a lot of instances we are giving our bodies over to our training partners.. and even in a "shoot", I'd never go out to cause anyone permanent harm.. everyone wants to be able to get off the mat and walk home to their family under their own power.