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Neck Pain

Neck problems are among the most common complaints presented for massage therapists to address.

Most neck pain has its genesis in the upper part of the spine, known as the cervical spine, and its associated muscles, ligaments, joints, and nerves. These structures have multiple responsibilities, and the unique anatomy required to fulfill them makes the neck prone to injury. First, the cervical spine must carry and keep steady about 15 pounds — the weight of your head. Your head needs to make large movements and subtle adjustments in order to capture sounds and sights, but it won’t work well if your head jerks when you move. The cervical spine supports the head with a curved, multipart structure capable of dampening sudden movements and preventing your head from jolting. The neck does this with multiple bones arranged in a gentle, C-shaped forward curve.

Your cervical spine also protects your spinal cord, which contains the vital nerves that carry messages from your brain to the rest of your body. Unlike your skull, which easily protects your brain because it is rigid, your neck must shield the spinal cord while permitting a great deal of movement.

Muscle strain and other soft-tissue injuries

Most neck pain stems from injury or overuse of the soft tissues — muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Overworked neck muscles tend to become stiff and achy. Muscle strain is — the tissues overstretch or sustain microscopic tears — caused by repeated overuse or a single overexertion, such as hoisting a heavy suitcase. If the stretching and tears occur in a ligament rather than a muscle, it is called a sprain. In addition to overwork, neck strain can result from physical or emotional stress, poor posture, sleeping positions that don’t support the neck in a healthy position (for example, sleeping on your stomach with your neck turned to the side), and injuries such as whiplash.

The most obvious condition we all tend to experience is stress—that carrying “the weight of the world” on our shoulders. This tension we assign to our neck and shoulders may be a big part of the problem, but there are other things to consider.

Other things that may be causing you problems include sleeping in an awkward position, sitting too long at your work station, cradling the phone with your neck, carrying a heavy bag or suitcase and poor slouchy posture. Be aware of these types of activities and try to lessen the likelihood of future problems.

Those who spend their days working at their desks or computers may find that their working position has led them to develop the habit of shallow breathing. Instead of proper breathing from the diaphragm, breathing is now accomplished through the neck and shoulder muscles. This can lead to chronic pain and muscle tension in the neck and shoulder and the shallow breathing.

Medical Massage Treatment

The good news is that your therapeutic massage sessions help to get rid of your neck pain. Massage therapy is applied to balance muscular system in the neck.

On the first visit the therapist evaluates the patient by screening gait patterns and measuring the positioning of the body to determine musculoskeletal distortion, biomechanical dysfunction and soft tissue pathology that causes these patterns. An exacting analysis of proper posture and biomechanics explains the cause and effect relationship to pain. Once we know how your body works, we can determine the reason why you have pain and the other symptoms.

Then the therapist develops a treatment plan that is based on the knowledge of your body. We don’t guess, we know how to treat you because of exact analysis of your body and understanding of your problem. Your therapeutic massage treatment is custom designed for you because we apply pressure and specific techniques that are unique only for your body. That’s why our treatment in the Neck in Holistic Medical Massage Clinic is effective and different from others. Once the body is balanced, the patient is able to restore an efficient way for energy to move. Free energy is used by the body to work more efficiently and improves all physiological activities.















 


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