The Neck. Neck pain is one of the most common Massage Therapy complaints that clients come in to see me for. It's such an amazing, flexible part of the body but when it hurts...OUCH!
Tight neck muscles can lead to pain, tension, headaches, jaw pain, pain in the shoulders, upper back and even the upper chest. There are 26 muscles in the neck that help to stabilize the upper body, allow us to look up and down and from side to side, let us bend our ear towards our shoulder, allow us to swallow and talk, and help to elevate our rib cage when we breathe.
It's important to keep these muscles flexible so you can enjoy their full function and mobility!
Technology and Neck Pain
While the technology we have is amazing, it is probably the worst culprit and what brings Massage Therapy clients in to see me the most.
Straining or holding our neck muscles as we look at computer screens for work throughout the day, or tilting the head down to look at phones and other devices, puts undue stress on our neck muscles unless we take time to care for them. If you're regularly taking breaks from computer screens and your devices throughout your day as well as taking time to counter stretch the neck muscles, you may not be having issues. Unfortunately we can get drawn into the job or the conversation and forget to take those breaks.
This Neck Pain, I Just Woke Up With It
No reason that you can think of as a cause, but when you woke up this morning you experienced severe neck pain. It hurts to move it, it hurts to not move it, your head feels too heavy to hold up... Has this happened to you?
Another reason I see clients for a Neck Massage is because of Torticollis (or Wry Neck), a spasm in the neck muscle. It's likely that your neck has been tense and strained for some time but you may not have been paying attention. While you were sleeping you unknowingly moved into a position where the strain became an intense muscle spasm and because the muscle was already strained and fatigued, it's now yelling at you. Torticollis can be very painful.
How Can I Help Your Neck Pain?
Massage Therapy can help to loosen all of the muscles of the neck, shoulders, upper back and upper chest. Clients often feel some immediate pain relief and notice increased flexibility and mobility.
A form of Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release focuses on encouraging the fascia around the muscles to loosen and release. Through rolling the muscles with the fingers, and gradually massaging in more deeply. The tightness begins to let go. Not usually recommended when the muscle spasm is acute, as it often feels too aggressive and painful.
Gentler than Massage, Craniosacral Therapy will encourage the fascia that surrounds the muscles, ligaments and joints to gradually begin unwinding. As the fascia loosens the muscles have more room to move.
Through specific techniques Spinal Touch encourages good posture throughout the entire body to promote good spinal alignment. (read more about Spinal Touch here)
Hot Moist Heat
Muscles just love hot moist heat. It brings circulation to the area and can often encourage the muscles to relax. Getting into a hot bath to soak your neck and back muscles is the best way to apply this form of therapy. You can also place a damp hand towel in the microwave to heat up and place on the affected areas.
It's important to remember that your neck muscles have probably been under strain for a period of time and they are unlikely to completely loosen with just one treatment.
Let's work together to get them loose through regular therapy, some home self-care and stretches. Once loose we can create a plan to keep them that way!
One of the most effective sessions that I offer is Spinal Touch and now I am going to teach it to you!
Keeping up with home sessions for your family members helps to maintain good posture and less strain on muscles and joints, which means less pain and fewer injuries.
During this 3 hour workshop you will learn, hands on:
* How to assess someone on a plumbline. The line is pulled straight by gravity making it easier to see just where muscles are pulling the spine out.
* Taking what you found on assessment you'll learn easy steps to provide a session to a family member to encourage muscles to relax through very gentle massage technidques and some accupressure.
* Re assess after the session to see what changes have been made
Hand out notes will make it easier to follow, step by step, how to give a Spinal Touch session, after the workshop. I hope that you'll join me!
Did you know that Hand to Health shares an amazing array of holistic health modalities offered by highly trained professionals?
What we understand is that each person is an individual and because of that different modalities work for different people. As practitioners we enjoy working together as an integrated team to ensure that we can offer clients their best and healthiest way of being! For more information about each of the practitioners please click the name!
From left to right...
Elizabeth MacKay, MH, Cht, MR - offering Clinical Hypnotherapy
Teresa Graham, D.I. Hom - offering Spinal Touch, Reiki, Reflexology, Massage and Craniosacral Therapy
Tammy Nielsen, DCH, RCSHom, CBP - offering BodyTalk and Classical Homeopathy
Brenda Verhoven - offering Reiki, Manicures and Pedicures
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SPINAL TOUCH SPECIAL
Is your Spine in alignment? Shoulders, hips and ears level? Ankle, Knee, Hip, Shoulder and Ear all in line?
If not you are probably experiencing pain and imbalance due to muscular distortion. Spinal Touch can help with that! Muscular distortion pulls on the joints, over stretches tendons and puts pressure on your organs.
Click here for more information about Spinal Touch
September Threesome Special
Click here for information about sessions and why the Threesome Treatment is the best way to get the most from Spinal Touch
**Reg. $135 Sept. Special $110 (plus gst). To receive the September special price your sessions must be booked on days that optimize results…please ask.
**Touch-up special for those who have already had their initial 3…. $37 (plus gst)
September’s Back to School Special for all the Students of “Life”
Stretch & Massage : Back to school, work, raking leaves, texting, typing,
canning…just may mean that you are going to be using your muscles in a new
and different way and there is a special for that!
Enjoy a Relaxation Massage with Muscle Stretching to back, neck, shoulders, arms and hands PLUS Indian Head Massage (no oil) for that hard working mind.
An hour plus a quarter of bliss for only $75.00 (plus gst) (Add oil to champissage for an additional
** Please Note: September Specials must be booked & received between Sept. 1 & 30, 2013. Gift Certificates may not be used towards or purchased for monthly health session specials.
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