What Massage is Best for Stiff Neck?

Do you suffer from neck and shoulder pain? If so, Swedish massage may be the perfect option for you. Studies have shown that regular Swedish massage can help improve symptoms in those with neck pain. Estimates show that 30 to 50% of adults experience neck pain at least once a year. Self-massage techniques can also be used to relax tight neck muscles and relieve symptoms.

Aromatherapy is sometimes used by massage therapists to enhance relaxation or enjoyment.

Massage therapy

is a safe alternative medicine approach to relieving the pain of stiff neck, which is a common symptom caused by a variety of neck conditions associated with soft tissue injuries, sprains, or spasms. Massage is usually applied to the entire neck, shoulders, arms, and back since all the muscles in these regions are connected. If the stiffness becomes more extreme and you feel like your neck is “frozen”, it is recommended to get a deep tissue massage or visit a physical therapist to relieve symptoms.

There are many types of back massagers designed to relieve areas such as the shoulders or lower back. It is common to feel pain after a massage, especially if it was a deep tissue massage or another type that requires a lot of pressure. To experience the soothing effects of a neck massage, most people don't need the massage to be strenuous. Deep tissue massage generally uses deeper movements and friction to work on the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues.

Good posture can help prevent stiff neck from occurring in the first place. For those with chronic neck pain and stiffness, it's common for them to seek massage therapy from a massage therapist, physical therapist, or other qualified health professional. Studies have shown that neck massage can alleviate some neck pain and improve range of motion when performed by a trained professional several times a week for several weeks.

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