Massage Therapy for Neck Pain: Effective Lasting Treatments
Have you considered massage therapy for neck pain?
Neck pain is a common complaint.
We tend to keep our head in a “head forward” position. This pulls the muscles in the back of your neck into a constant stretch. And makes them work extra hard to fight the weight of your head. Muscles hate being stretched and working hard, so they yell at you. Loudly 🙂
We’ve developed truly effective massage therapy for neck pain that provides long term relief at Bodyworks DW.
Does this sound like you?
a) Sitting at a desk staring at your screen,
b) looking down at your phone much of the day,
c) reading your iPads in bed to unwind and destress after a long day at work
So, my massage therapist should work where the pain is the whole time, right?
It may feel good to have your therapist spend the session massaging mostly where you feel pain. However, the next day you will feel like you were hit with a bag of hammers. And it won’t do anything to relieve the pain in the long term. Massage therapy for neck pain has to address what’s causing your head to move forward in the first place. And it’s not anywhere near your neck!
The following three areas need to be released move your head into a more balanced position. This allows the muscles in the back of your neck and upper back to relax and stop yelling at you.
3) Is your current massage therapist only working on the back of your neck? Yes, we know that’s where it hurts. However, he or she is not going to make a long term impact. The back of your neck is over stretched. The front side needs to be released in order to give the back some slack.
2) The position of your ribcage in relation to your pelvis is vitally important to relieving neck pain. With a head forward position, the ribcage tilts backwards to compensate. The muscles in the mid back will work extra hard. If I only release the front neck muscles and not the mid back muscles, your neck will feel a lot better, but you’ll be stuck looking up at the ceiling.
1) Your tight hip flexors (from sitting all day) are why the ribcage moves backward and the head moves forward. And if we open up the angle of your neck and your ribcage, but not the hip angle, you’ll be left stooping over!
Effective massage therapy for neck pain addresses all of the forces pulling on your head
Addressing your neck pain effectively requires releasing each of these folds in the same session. You will feel immediate relief at the end of the first session. And you won’t feel sore or beat up the next day.
However, one session won’t “fix” the problem. The first session is a great start to open up the surface musculature. And the first session allows for deeper work in later sessions. Your relief will last a lot longer.
To have a long term impact, we will follow up the first session with 3-5 custom designed sessions. These session will work on more detailed areas in cumulative layers. Each session allows us to go deeper into the stuck front neck muscles and bring your head into better balance. With your head balanced on top of your spine all of the muscles work less. Less work = less pain!