Neck pain is something all of us deal with at some point in life. Studies have proven that massage therapy may help improve a wide variety of different types of neck and shoulder pain. In fact, it’s usually one of the first treatments that come to mind when people experience mild and severe neck pain.
Neck pain is very common. One of the main reasons people experience neck pain is due to bad posture. In fact, nearly 1 in every 5 sessions of massage in the US are booked in order to resolve neck-pain symptoms. If you’re looking to book a massage due to your neck pain, you have a few different options to get relief.
In this article, we’ll be exploring how massage can help with different types of neck pain. If you’re booking a massage to get relief from your neck pain on the Soothe massage app, please make sure you let us know that you’re wanting to get a massage because of your neck pain. You can get the Soothe app on Google Play or Apple.
When it comes to relieving pain in the neck, there’s two types of massage that come to mind over others:
- Deep Tissue Massage: This type of massage uses deep pressure to relieve neck pain.
- Swedish Massage: This massage uses gentle strokes to relieve pain in your neck.
While it’s possible to use other massage types to reduce pain in the neck, these two are the most commonly used.
1. Massage for pinched nerves in the neck
Pinched nerves are typically caused by pressure placed on the nerve by joints, muscles, or other structures. Muscle tension and inflammation may be the cause of this pressure. Nerve impingement in either the brachial plexus – located in the shoulder – or disc herniation in the cervical spine can both lead to nerve pain in both the neck and shoulder.
Massage therapy can be a great choice for relieving inflammation in the neck, back, and shoulders, this can help reduce both nerve pain and pressure in those areas.
2. Frozen neck and an appropriate massage treatment
If you have a stiff neck, you already know that it can be a nuisance. While it shouldn’t be time to panic, if your neck stiffness gets worse, you may need to see your doctor. This condition can lead to a sensation of the neck being “frozen” in place, this will limit your movement and significantly affect your normal routine.
The good news, massage is one of the best alternative medicine approaches for treating neck stiffness. Massage can help you improve the mobility of your both neck mobility, which can help you reduce neck pain.
3. Neck strains, sprains, and spasms
Massage of the neck itself may exacerbate symptoms at first, but gentle massage of the back, arms, chest, and legs can also reduce pain in the neck. This is why the Swedish massage is great for neck, back, and shoulder pain. Myofascial release and thorough massage of all the neck, face, jaw, head and throat muscles, this can promote full healing and restore the normal functions of these areas.
For those of you that are active athletes, the right sports massage may be able to help. Sports massage therapy is specifically designed for men and women that live active lifestyles. This massage type has a wide range of benefits, so it may be worth exploring if you’re dealing with a neck injury, soreness, or pain.
4. Swedish massage for neck pain
Swedish massage has the ability to lengthen and relax muscles and tissues, this is why it’s a great massage to go with if you’re suffering from neck and shoulder pain. This trial showed notable symptom improvements for neck pain patients receiving Swedish massage on a regular basis. It also stated that patients receiving Swedish massages were able to reduce their pain medication more than other participants who did not receive massage therapy.
Not sure what type of massage to get? Check out our guide on different types of massages and learn how each unique massage can help.
5. Massage for pinched nerves in the shoulder causing neck pain
Pinched nerves can be painful. Even worse, they can cause pain in different areas of your body. For example, a pinched nerve in your back can cause pain in your hips and legs. Due to this, nerve injuries can be difficult to find relief from.
Studies have shown that massage has a positive effect in reducing chronic shoulder pain. Problems from nerves in the shoulder girdle, this is usually coming from the large nerve bundle called the brachial plexus. When this happens, it can lead to pain in the neck, it makes you believe that the neck is the original point of the pain.
When you visit your massage therapist, make sure you’re open and transparent with them. Let them know exactly how you feel. By doing so, this will help them track down the original source of your pain so that you can find relief, whether it’s coming from the neck, shoulder, or elsewhere. This will also ensure you have the best possible experience.
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