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How massage can help your neck pain at Centre of Balance Hamilton? 

How massage helps in neck pain?

By Chirag Sojitra 28/05/2012

Neck pain is one of the most common reasons patients seek medical treatment. In fact, the lifetime prevalence of a significant neck pain episode ranges from 40 to 70 percent. But you don't have to let your neck pain become a constant problem: regular massage treatments can help you manage pain, especially if you are suffering from neck pain long after a neck injury has occurred.

Neck pain often occurs with back pain, and the symptoms are similar. Symptoms of neck pain may include spasm, stiffness, muscle discomfort, limitation of movement and headaches. Neck pain can occur suddenly (acute) or be constant (chronic); an acute injury can lead to chronic pain and loss of range of motion, if left untreated.

Massage is a noninvasive alternative to prescription medication commonly used for treating neck pain. Massage is a manual therapy that uses hands-on manipulation of the muscles and other soft tissues to relieve muscle tension and reduce stress. Although massage affects the whole body, it is especially therapeutic for the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems.

Causes of neck pain

It is a common misconception that neck pain is related to abnormal cervical spine curvature. However, the most common causes of neck pain are…

1.Sprain (injury to the ligaments of the spine) and strain (injury to the spinal muscles).

2.Neck sprain may occur after a neck injury that causes forcible stretching or tearing of the soft tissues of the neck, such as a contact sports injury or whiplash from a motor vehicle accident.

3.Neck strain may also occur as the result of postural or repetitive stress (overuse), often related to sleep position or poor standing and sitting posture. Ongoing pain related to neck sprains and strains occurs as a result of soft tissue inflammation and swelling.

4.Neck pain includes pinched nerves or a variety of structural or degenerative spinal disorders such as a herniated disc and cervical spondylitis (osteoarthritis).

  1. 5.Neck pain may also be associated with dental disorders or rotator cuff injuries (muscles of the shoulder).

If you have chronic neck pain, your doctor should perform a thorough medical examination to rule out serious structural or physiological spinal disorders. X-rays and MRIs can help your doctor identify the source of your pain and plan the best course of treatment. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if your neck pain is severe or if fever, dizziness, weakness or any unusual symptoms occur along with neck pain.

How can massage helps for neck pain?

A combination of techniques, performed by an experienced massage therapist, will provide pain relief and help your recovery. Several types of massage that have been shown to provide neck pain relief including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, shiatsu and Tai Chi.

Massage therapists use their hands to work on the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues of the body. For people with neck pain, massage therapy can relax muscle spasms and soothe other types of pain. Massage therapy sessions are usually 30 or 60 minutes long. You lie on a table or sit on a stool or chair while the therapist works on your neck, shoulders, and back. Oil or powder might be used to reduce friction on the skin, and the therapist might also use items like ice, heat, or fragrant oils to help your muscles and body better relax.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the term used to describe a variety of therapeutic massage techniques that help release tension with applied pressure to the surface muscles. This type of massage may be helpful in reducing emotional stress and tension that may add to your neck pain.

Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage may be performed with Swedish massage to release tension from the deeper muscles and connective tissues in the neck and upper back. With deep tissue massage, the applied pressure is harder, more intense, and focused on releasing adhesions (“knots”) or scar tissue that may be causing your neck pain.

Trigger point therapy

Trigger point therapy uses steady pressure to release neck muscle spasms and promote blood flow to the area to aid healing. Specific points or knots in muscles are located and released that often are the source of referred pain from the shoulder and back to your neck.


Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage in which the practitioner uses his or her body weight to gradually press acupressure points. By palpating, or feeling, the network of vessels through which your energy flows (meridians), the Shiatsu practitioner will be able to feel and simultaneously adjust the flow of energy ("Ki") in your body.

Tai chi

Tai chi is a Chinese mind-body practice that involves slowly moving the body through a set series of movements in a relaxed and graceful way. Deep breathing and meditation accompany these movements. The body remains in constant flowing movement throughout a tai chi session. Many people use tai chi to improve muscle strength, coordination, and flexibility, all things that have an impact on neck pain.

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