Solutions to this are all about balance. They can lower the pain by distributing their demand on the thumb across the entire hand. Some of this will be about changing habits, and some may well be about how to pull power from other places.
You can create length and felt connection through the core line by reducing the lateral rotation of your femur. This creates length in the psoas major and in the hip adductors. The downside can be a ‘catch’ in the groin.
Another way to look at injuries to the adductor is that these are directly, physically linked to the hamstring, and likely have significant connective tissue connectivity. Investigation and repair for full recovery may require addressing both muscle groups. 'Incomplete' recovery suggests that fascial adhesions remain in either group or, more likely, across both groups.
Aggravated tension and related complications involving the neck and shoulders is frequently raised as a primary concern by people from as diverse backgrounds as office workers to athletes and across geographies as far reaching as the Americas and Southeast Asia. The concern is real and growing, and there are simple solutions available.
A deep asana practice invites compression / decompression of almost all soft tissue, as well as the collapse / expansion of most positive space inside the body. Hence, the 'wringing of the washcloth' analogy and the understanding that this dynamic process is a principle driver of detoxification.
Q: What might be done to alleviate neck pain (recently diagnosed with cervical disc degenration)?
A: I see disc degeneration and arthritis as possible symptoms of excessive compression or uneven tension. So the first thing I investigate is where some slack can be found. Conceptually, the spine is simply a stack of blocks with cushions between them. Guy wires - the erector spinae - anchor in at the sacrum and run up on either side of the spine to tie in at the occiput, the base of the skull. Slack may be found anywhere along that stretch.