You never know when your sleeping posture changes and you wake up with a stiff and sore neck that pains you throughout the day, most of my fellows on waterways adventures have back and neck pains all the time, so I also have that pain and we’re taking back massage to get rid of this pain, so we can work better the whole week after it.. This can cause a lot of discomforts and opt for massage therapists might be a bit costly, or you don’t have enough time during the day to visit a spa.
Instead, you can spend a few minutes daily and massage your own neck using simple techniques that are efficient and durable. If you don’t want to massage your own neck then you can use any affordable electric massage chair with Shiatsu technique, I’m personally using real relax full body zero gravity shiatsu massage chair plus vr headset and it’s an affordable one with shiatsu technique.
With that being said, here are some possible neck pain issues along with their massage techniques to try right now for an instant pain relief.
Types of Neck Pain/Sprain
- Stiff Neck Pain.
- One-sided Neck Pain.
- Neck Pain with Headache
Before we begin massage our neck you need to prepare your body for a massage. Go to the washroom, and take a quick warm bath. This helps to loosen the muscles and make them ready for a massage. Try to pour more water on the neck region both from the front and behind. What I highly recommend is to soak your body for 10-15 minutes in Epsom salt water for softening the stiff muscles and alleviating the pain. This would help a lot in making your massage more effective and rejuvenating.
1: Stiff Neck Pain
Make yourself in a comfortable sitting position and the gradually move your arms above your chest area. Now start gliding the fingers in between the line of the base of your head and the shoulders and stroke down towards the length of the neck. Repeat the process on the other side as well by leaning your head on the opposite shoulder. However, if you have some serious injury or pain, it is better to consult a doctor.
Also use the heel of the hand at the base of your neck and allow your fingers to drop down on each side of the spinal cord. For a quick effect, grab the muscles with your fingertips and then pull upwards. Hold them for a while in between your fingers and the palms and then go the length of the shoulders again.
Finally, you have to wrap your fingers around the nape of the neck. Start stretching the muscles on both the sides of the spine and try to squeeze them gently. This improved blood circulation and helped to relieve the pain. Make sure that you don’t squeeze with too much power else it may cause pain.
2: Pain on one side of the Neck
Sometimes, due to a bad sleeping posture, your neck pains from either side of the spine. This is quite a dreadful sort of pain that doesn’t go smoothly and also makes you unable to move your neck on that side. However, a very simple massage technique you can use here is the Shiatsu Massage. Take some massage oil or any healing balm and apply a small quantity on the painful side of the neck. Now using your fingertips, start massaging in circular motion. Apply some pressure as well while you continue to make those circular movements. Once done, wrap that area with a piece of cloth for about 30 minutes to ensure that the oil or balm is completely absorbed. Do this daily before going to bed.
3: Neck pain with Headache
It is quite common that you suffer from a headache when you have a chronic neck pain. However, this can be quickly dealt. Rub your head gently and apply an intense rotating or circular pressure as if you were shampooing your hair. Try to focus on the scalp. This will help to release the tension in the head region.
Next use your fingers and start to massage the forehead and the area around your eye. Now gradually come down towards your neck and repeat the same process as in Stiff Neck massage. You can use a massage oil as well. Once done, lay down in a comfortable area, close your eyes for about 10-15 minutes, don’t think anything about your work or personal life and try to relax.