Neck pain is such a common problem these days, especially among office workers and others in digital professions. These people spend most of their day hunched over a computer or laptop, often without the proper desk and chair setup. This leads to stiffness and pain in the neck, back, and shoulders. It’s such a common problem that people assume that they just have to put up with it, but there could be a solution.
Massage is an effective way to treat and manage neck pain. Here are some of the best types of massage that can help with your neck pain.
Trigger point therapy
This type of massage therapy identifies the “trigger points” that are causing your neck pain. These may be in your neck or elsewhere, such as your shoulders or back. Your massage therapist will apply pressure to the trigger point and then release the pressure repeatedly. This is done to relieve the tension in the tissue, alleviating the pain it is causing.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage is one of the most common treatments. It applies strong pressure that penetrates deep into the muscle tissues. It can be a whole-body massage or it can target specific problem areas. Your massage therapist can work around the neck, shoulders, and back to relieve the tension in your muscles that is causing your neck pain.
This Japanese form of massage therapy is similar in practice to trigger point massage, except that it targets specific points of your body known as meridians. Applying pressure to these points in sequence is thought to heal the body and encourage the flow of energy throughout the body. Shiatsu massage helps to relieve pain as well as targeting the cause of the pain by relieving specific tensions.
Similarly, reflexology targets points in your feet, hands, and ears to provide whole body relaxation and pain relief. The feet, especially, are thought to connect to points in the neck, so this kind of treatment applied to the feet is a good method of treating neck pain.
As well as regular massage treatment, another effective way of managing neck pain is correcting your posture in the workplace, as this is often the cause of the pain. Here are some tips to help you achieve this.