Massage and Necks?
Neck Pain is Not Uncommon
Neck pain is widespread. An estimated 53% of adults have neck pain each year. Whether you have started to experience persistent pain, wake up with a crick in your neck, or if neck pain affects you on a day to day basis. It’s one of the leading reasons a massage appointment is booked.
Neck pain can also cause anxiety since the spine is deemed as a vulnerable area while, when stressed, tension is held in the neck muscles.
Massage Can Bring Relief
Massage around the cervical spine can ease muscle tension and make you feel better, physically and mentally. You don’t need an intense massage to reduce your pain; gentle massage will also have a soothing and beneficial effect on your neck pain.
Taking care of your spine is essential because it not only affects the local area but can have a widespread effect. For example, the cervical spine can refer to the arms, and the lower back can cause pain in your legs.
Prevention is Key
One of the powers of massage is its ability to prevent pain and stiffness. It is not just about managing pain, but reducing the need for it before an episode occurs. There is compelling research which shows that somebody's emotional and physical health before experiencing a traumatic event or injury has a bearing on how much pain they will experience afterwards.
Karen Sherman, a senior scientific investigator at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, identified that the frequency and duration of massage impact the results of relieving neck pain. A 60-minute session one to three times a week significantly improved the outcome of alleviating and preventing neck pain over a 30-minute massage.