Neck pain is very common in the modern world due to long periods or inactivity and screen time. It can be an indication that the muscles, joints, nerves, or any other structure of the neck area may be injured, strained, or not functioning optimally. About 1 in 10 people in Australia suffer from neck pain at any given time and 2 out of 3 adults will experience neck pain at some point in their life. One of the general misconceptions about neck pain is that it is usually caused by the misalignment of the neck or vertebra, however this rationale if often an oversimplification. More often than not, neck pain is caused by muscular tension, worn joints, whiplash, bulging disc/s and/or impingement of the nerves. The good news is that the majority of people find relief from acute episodes of neck pain using remedial massage for neck pain treatment.
How Is Remedial Massage used For Neck Pain Treatment?
Remedial massage is regarded as an effective tool in the treatment of neck and shoulder issues. Remedial massage therapists use a number of techniques to relieve muscle tightness, inflammation, spasm, stiffness, and pain. Additional benefits of remedial massage for neck pain include improved blood flow, increased tissue elasticity, improved range of motion and assistance in the healing process.
Before starting treatment, the remedial massage therapist conducts a thorough physical examination in order to assess the root cause of the issue. A comprehensive overview of the medical history of the client is also taken to tailor a treatment plan specifically to their needs.
In general, remedial massage therapists use deep tissue techniques to treat the muscles of the neck and shoulder in order to release muscle tension and break down tiny adhesions that build up in the tissue that are often the primary cause of neck muscle stiffness/tightness.
Following are some of the techniques used by remedial massage therapists during the treatment session:
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Joint Mobilisation
- Assisted Stretching & Muscle Energy Techniques (METs)
- Myofascial Release
Before seeking remedial massage for neck pain treatment, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor. They will check that your neck pain isn’t something more serious before referring you to a therapist.