Easy Does It!
Posted on: July 20, 2015
Neck pain can be a chronic problem for individuals who work at the computer, hold awkward positions during sleep or who have been in automobile accidents. Massage therapy can help to relieve this pain and allow individuals to function more comfortably both at work and in their leisure time.
Effective Help for Chronic Neck Pain
A study from the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle found that the timing of sessions with a massage therapist was critical in relieving discomfort. They found that one-hour massage given two or three times a week for the first four weeks provided the best relief from neck pain.
Complex Muscle Groups in the Neck
Experienced massage therapists understand that the muscle groups within the neck are very complex and require the lightest touch with scalene muscles. In addition, a number of blood vessels are concentrated in the neck area and must be manipulated carefully to provide relief from discomfort without causing additional problems.
Self-Help Movements for Neck Pain
Individuals can also do a number of self-help movements for neck pain on their own, such as:
- Stand facing a corner of the room about two feet back with feet together. Place forearms on each wall with elbows slightly below shoulder level. Lean forward as much as possible, holding the stretch for 30 seconds to one minute. Do 3 to 5 times each day.
- Stand with your back against a door jam with feet about 3 inches from the bottom. Pull the upper back and head backward until it touches the jam. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times for 5 to 7 times each day.
- Lie face down on a soft mat with forehead to the floor. Place arms at the side with palm down. Gently lift the forehead about an inch off the floor, keeping the eyes on the floor. Hold this position for 10 second. Repeat 10 times.