How To Relieve Neck Pain and Shoulder Issues
These days, more of us are living our lives head-forward. Meaning, we use the muscles in the front of our bodies -- arms, shoulders and chest -- anywhere from 14-16 hours a day. That can result in a lot of issues, particularly when it comes to chronic pain and muscle tension.
Extended use like this actually causes your muscles to shorten in length, pulling your shoulder-blades inward and causing the shoulder girdle major discomfort. This can eventually progress into other more serious conditions like frozen shoulder, compression syndrome, and torticollis.
This continued state of overworking of the front muscles means your posterior muscles are also working on overdrive. This means knots and fascial restrictions begin to form to help support the weakened muscles. Then, when everything becomes too tight, muscle tension develops creating a chain reaction of imbalance across the entire body. Choose from 8 stunning layouts
Healing Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain
Sure, taking Tylenol and Extra Strength Advil helps alleviate neck and back pain temporarily, it doesn’t get to the root causes of the problem. Most neck and back pain in adults can be attributed to working at a desk for long periods of time with a head-forward posture.
While preventative and maintenance massage and acupuncture treatment can be helpful they are only one part of an effective treatment plan. A regular self-care regimen also plays an important role in mitigating the effects of chronic neck and back pain
Daily self massage
Strengthening the injured muscles every second day
Neck and Back Pain: Symptoms and Sources
People suffering with chronic neck and back pain usually feel pain between their shoulder blades, upper tracks, and the back of the neck. The source of the problem is usually from tight anterior neck muscles and a tight upper chest. Passive stretching and muscle stripping addresses the hypertonic chest and neck, creating relief for the posterior muscles on the upper back.
Proper sitting, stretching and posture are all essentially to supporting a healthy lifestyle. Combining this with monthly acupuncture and massage treatments can help you reduce or eliminate a stiff neck or back pain and improve your quality of life overall.
The amount of massage therapy and acupuncture treatments needed will depend on your pain level or the degree of muscle tension in your neck. Combining at-home stretching with healthier habits at work can boost the effectiveness of treatment.