Many do not realize that they are carrying around a 10 to 15 lb weight on their shoulders, their head!
Over time this weight pull can cause structural problems especially if there are already weakened or overstretched muscles in the shoulders combined with stress and dietary imbalance.
Massage can help with many types of neck pain because massage can help relax tight muscles. There are many muscles in the front and back of the neck that benefit from regular skilled massage.
While massage is excellent for neck pain, there are some other self care practices that can also truly help with neck pain:
- Regular neck and shoulder stretches.
- Proper ergonomics is important. So how one's posture is when at a desk or computer or even walking around.
- Noticing if you tend to tighten up in the neck and shoulders when stressed and consciously letting go of that stress so your muscles can relax.
- A good intake of magnesium. Magnesium is important in muscles relaxing so tight muscles in the neck and/or rest of the body can often times benefit from magnesium.
- Physical therapy exercises for the neck. Keep those neck muscles strong so they aren't continually weakened by that 10-15lb head.
The best types of massage for neck pain relief can vary person to person. Some people need deep tissue massage, some people need more of a sports/injury treatment type of work. Trigger point work can be an effective massage for pain relief.
Some need a Swedish massage or softer approach to helping their neck pain relief. Even Myofascial release is great for the neck in helping the fascia that wraps muscles in the neck.
Acute neck pain relief can sometimes require more than one massage to get a person to the maintenance level of their neck pain.
Self care and body awareness practices are very important in between massages and can lessen chronic neck pain a great deal.
Hopefully this helps you understand that a balance between self care and massage is important to neck pain relief.
If you have neck pain, scheduling time for a massage is as important as scheduling time for self care!