No doubt, it helps. This past Saturday night, my wife and I went to a winery with our 23 y/o daughter and her friends for her birthday. I had a glass of wine and 2 pints of a strong, craft beer. That’s a lot more alcohol than I usually drink. I noticed the pain fading away. When we got up to leave, I commented to my wife that my pain was entirely gone. Walking to the car wasn’t a chore. I knew it was temporary, but I enjoyed it.
While I’m pretty convinced I have left-side GF nerve damage, what I noticed when we got home was the drop in tension on the left side. The muscles and tissues along the cord, etc. were loose and pliable. I don’t believe I tense up the left cord consciously, but definitely believe part of the challenge is to find a way to get the muscles to relax.