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Beat “Text Neck” with Regular Massage

Let’s face it, most of us spend too much time on our cellphones. Messaging friends, checking social media, watching YouTube videos, etc. We can accidentally waste hours each day scrolling on our smartphones. Ignoring what this might mean for us as a society, this kind of behavior can be really bad for our posture and can even cause or worsen pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. But massage might be able to help.

What is “text neck”?

The term text neck was coined a few years ago to describe the resulting posture and pain caused by looking down at your phone for long periods of time each day. Bending our necks forward in this way puts a lot of pressure on the neck and spine, which can lead to damage over time. You might notice poor posture on people who spend a lot of time on their phone, with their neck and shoulders naturally slumping forward.

As well as worsening our posture, spending too much time staring down at our screens can give us a stiff neck, more frequent headaches, and pain in the lower neck, upper back, and shoulders.

How to treat text neck

As well as cutting down on your screen time, there are some stretches and massage treatments that can help to relieve pain and improve posture caused by this phenomenon. Healthline has a list of basic exercises and stretches you can do yourself.

You should also watch your posture while using your mobile phone. Try to hold your phone higher so that it is at eye level, meaning you don’t have to bend your neck to look down at it. Also, try to take breaks when using your phone and don’t stay in the same position for too long.

Massage can really help to treat the pain caused by smartphone usage, as well as improving posture over time. Lots of different massages can help to relieve neck pain, including Swedish massage and trigger point therapy. A massage therapist will be able to identify any knots or points of tension and work on them to treat the root of your pain. Combining massage with improved phone habits will help to keep you pain-free.

Do you need a massage to help you beat text neck? You can contact Moonstone Massage, visit us in Winston Salem, NC, or book a massage with us online. Let us help you improve your posture and relieve your pain caused by those pesky mobile devices.

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Got Back Pain? Types of Massages That Can Help

Back pain can arise for a number of reasons – heavy lifting, bad posture, sitting down too much, etc. For some, it may be temporary, while many others are living with chronic back pain. If you’re looking for an alternative to pain medication, then massage could be the solution. Here are some of the best types of massage to try for your back pain.

The best massage for lower back pain

Lower back pain is probably the most common type of back pain that the average person suffers. It can have a number of different causes, some activity and posture-related and others indicating more serious problems. While the typical Swedish and deep tissue massages are good for relief from back pain, a particularly effective technique for lower back pain is Shiatsu massage.

Shiatsu massage applies pressure to different parts of the body in a rhythmic sequence. It is extremely soothing and relaxing, providing you with long-lasting effects. It focuses on the body’s meridians to promote the flow of healing energy throughout the body. Studies have found shiatsu massage to be extremely effective at treating lower back pain.

The best massage for upper back pain

Upper back pain is often caused by slumping over a desk or laptop and is often linked with neck and shoulder pain, too. One of the best types of massage for this type of pain is trigger point therapy. Upper back pain may be a result of knots developing in the area around and in between your shoulder blades. Trigger point therapy can target these knots to work through the fibers causing the pain and tension.

Alternatively, deep tissue massage can be another effective upper back treatment, as can acupuncture and acupressure.

What else you can do

Alongside massage for back pain, it’s important to get plenty of rest to let your muscles recover. If you do a lot of heavy lifting, try to take it easy for a few days if possible. Also, watch your posture, especially while sitting and lifting, as this can be a big contributor towards back pain. After a massage, stay well-hydrated will help to boost the effects of the massage. Pain medication can be used in conjunction with massage, but it should not be relied on and can cause problems when used over long periods of time.

If you suffer from back pain, then why not try a massage from Moonstone Massage in Winston Salem, NC. Get in touch to inquire or book a massage.