Neck & Shoulder Pain
Neck and shoulder pain has become more of a problem in the last decade. Most people experience it whilst working, driving, exercising or sleeping. It can appear gradually by the build-up of tension in the soft tissues or as result of an injury, such as post-accident whiplash or a muscle pull during your gym workout. Neck and shoulder massage is one of the most effective tools to alleviate the pain.
Neck and shoulder pain can often be associated with headaches, reduced a range of movement, a “crunching” sensation when turning your head and referred pain down your arms. Massage for neck and shoulders in Fulham can help eliminate these symptoms, bringing you release, relaxation and optimum movement.
Understanding Neck Pain
There are 18 muscles and 25 ligaments in the neck. They all work very hard to support the weight of the head and create necessary movement. Because of the weight of your head and the neck’s high mobility, the neck and the shoulders are prone to tension and injury. Constant phone or laptop use and carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder are two of the most common every day causes for neck and shoulder pain. Neck discomfort, however, can also begin with a direct trauma such as a whiplash causing the ligaments and muscles to strain. Neck massage loosens up all the muscles and ligaments, making the movement easier, pain-free.
Causes of Neck and Shoulder Pain
Our busy lives in London can put a big strain on our body, especially our muscular and neural system. Working in the office with high stress and workload has proven to be the most common cause of tension, aches and headaches. Poor posture, lack of exercises to correct a potential muscular imbalance, Repetitive Strain Injury, prolonged use of air conditioning and work-related pressure are all to blame for an increased number of Londoners complaining of living in a daily discomfort. To find out more about the most common office injuries as well as neck and shoulder pain, press here.
The Benefits of Neck and Shoulder Massage
With so many muscles and soft tissue structures in and around the neck, it is important to give the neck necessary protection and relief. Massage in Fulham is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for pain in the neck and shoulders. The main purpose of neck and shoulder massage is to eliminate the tension and the spasms from the muscles, improve circulation as well as encouraging relaxation.
An improvement in circulation will bring more oxygen and nutrients to the problem areas and this will speed up recovery. Loosening up neck muscles also opens up a path for better blood flow delivering more oxygen to the brain reducing tension headaches and migraines. By using variable shoulder massage techniques, it is possible to release trigger points, gradually dissolve chronic tension, re-educate neck muscles into full flexibility. All in all, massage for neck and shoulders pain can be considered one of the most effective tools.
Joint alignment can be a problem which leads to neck and shoulder pain and has an effect on mobility. Massage has the effect of balancing the alignment of the neck by releasing shortened tissues that may be restricting mobility. What is more, neck and shoulder massage can have an additional benefit in osteopathic or chiropractic treatments, living the body more prone to adapt to a new alignment.
A Personalised Plan for Shoulder Massage
Our massage therapy is designed to address all the muscular issues and pains which will bring you back to the full physical health. In order to achieve that, an individual treatment plan is needed. at Fulham Massage & Wellness, our on-site physiotherapist works closely with all massage therapists to advise them on the best course of action for your individual needs. You can also find out the best stretches and tips for neck and shoulder pain from our blog article.
Other Support for Ongoing Care
Our on-site physiotherapist may also recommend other steps that can be taken alongside with massage therapy for neck and shoulder pain. This could include the use of an ice bag or heat pack, adjusting your work chair, changing pillows or advising specific exercises or stretches. All these can enhance the recovery and keep your neck and shoulder pain away.