Hello, and welcome back to our blog! According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), about 80 to 90 percent of Americans experience spinal pain on a regular basis. Chances are, you are one of those people who may be suffering from neck pain. Whether it is mild, moderate, or severe, neck pain can interfere with your sleep, daily activities, work, and mood, while also making it difficult to enjoy the things you love. Did you know that receiving regular massage treatments from a professionally trained therapist can help reduce your neck pain and stiffness, while at the same time increasing circulation, flexibility, and your ability to move. What’s more, massage promotes relaxation and decreases stress, while helping you manage your pain and stress.
What Causes a Literal Pain in the Neck?
There are numerous triggers that contribute to neck pain and discomfort. Neck and shoulder pain can be brought on by sport or auto-related injuries, poor posture, degenerative diseases, repetitive motions, stress, and anxiety, to name a few. Stress often causes the soft tissues (tendons and ligaments) in our bodies to tense up, making the neck, shoulder, and upper back tight and taught. This increased muscle tension affects our posture, spinal alignment, and can even cause painful headaches.
How Do Massage Treatments Help?
By applying a blend of light, moderate, and deep rhythmic hand movement techniques in conjunction with an appropriate amount of pressure (depending on the type of massage treatment and the clients’ preference for pressure), the trained therapist manipulates the soft tissues to alleviate muscle pain and ache. Using a variety of massage techniques, Swedish, deep, and therapeutic massage helps to ease neck pain, tension, and stiffness by encouraging circulation and blood flow which warms the muscles and soft tissues. Increasing circulation delivers fresh oxygen and nutrients that stimulate healthy muscle function and strengthens weak muscles. Additionally, this process helps muscles dispose of lactic acid that collects in our muscle fibers, which can cause painful muscle spasms and stiffness. By eliminating muscle spasms, the therapist is able to reduce pain in the neck, while promoting relaxation and easing stress, leaving you feeling a lot less tense.
How You Can Optimize Your Massage from Home
Getting frequent massages will help you manage your neck pain, but there are actions you can take between massage treatments to ease neck discomfort.
- Light stretching on a daily basis does wonders for your body and will help keep you limber, while improving flexibility and increasing your range of motion.
- Drinking water keeps you hydrated, which helps carry fresh oxygen and nutrients to your cells to restore body function, increase circulation, and improve your overall wellness.
- Get some good rest. Getting enough sleep and relaxing when you can helps to minimize the stresses that can contribute to neck and shoulder pain.
- Be aware of your sleeping position. Sleeping on your back is the recommended sleep position, but isn’t always the most comfortable. If you sleep on your side, make sure you have an excellent pillow to support your neck. Try placing a smaller pillow between your knees to maintain proper spinal alignment. It’s best to avoid sleeping on your stomach if you can.
Get a Massage Treatment
Here at Arne Wellness Center, we are committed to helping you achieve optimal health and wellness. If you would like to give massage therapy a try to alleviate your neck pain, discomfort, and muscle tension, our team of wellness professionals would love to help you heal and get you back to living a pain-free life so that you can enjoy doing the things you love. Please call us today to schedule a massage and get on the road to restoring your wellness. We look forward to helping you feel pain free again!