Neck and shoulder pain has been one of the common complaints of people of different ages through the years. Such pain hits someone while studying, working at home or in the office, driving, working out, or even sleeping.
It can be suddenly felt by the accumulation of tension in the muscles caused by injuries such as after a minor accident or strenuous workout and other physical activities. The pain felt in the neck and shoulder can be typically associated with headaches, limited mobility, an abrasive sensation when moving your head around and related pain below your arms.
In human anatomy, there are around 25 ligaments and 18 muscles in the neck. They coordinate well to keep the weight of the head and make the necessary movements. Since the weight of your head and the neck is highly movable, these parts of the body are susceptible to tension and injury. Frequent use of phone or computer, and carrying a loaded bag on one side of the shoulder are two of the most common identified causes for neck and shoulder pain. Neck soreness, however, can also start from an extreme trauma such as a whiplash that can strain the ligaments and muscles.
What are the causes of neck and shoulder pain?
Employees working in the office with high levels of stress and workload have been identified as the best candidate for muscle tension, body pains, and headaches. Bad body posture, lack of physical exercise, potential muscular imbalance, recurring strain or injury, and excessive use of air conditioner and work-related stress are the factors to be blamed for the increasing number of complaints on daily living and work health issues.
How can neck and shoulder massage help?
With the number of muscles and soft tissue components in and around the neck and shoulder, it is critical to provide these parts of the body the needed care and protection. Like in sports physical therapy, the main goal of neck and shoulder pain therapy is to reduce the tension in the muscles, increase the blood circulation, and promote relaxation. A healthy blood circulation will release the nutrients to the affected areas and this will rev up recovery. Relaxing the neck and shoulder muscles can also provide enough path for better and smoother blood flow delivering more oxygen to the brain alleviating muscle tension that causes headaches and migraines. By applying appropriate neck and shoulder massage techniques, it will properly hit the trigger points that gradually alleviate chronic pain, rebuild the surrounding muscles into full flexibility.
A massage therapy is applied to provide a remedy to muscular pains and restore overall physical health. In order to realize that, a specialized treatment plan is recommended.