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I have neck pain

Sport Massage Therapist can relieve neck pain if it is done often by a professional therapist and for the correct length of time.

What is neck pain?

Neck pain is a common condition that can be caused by many different things. It will affect most people at some point in their lives.

The neck is a well-engineered structure of bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons. In which allow the cervical spine to have a wide range of motion that can move in all directions.

But the same engineering that allows this area of the spine to be so flexible also leaves it vulnerable to injury.

Symptoms typically include difficulty and pain when moving or rotating the head or neck.

Neck pain may radiate into the shoulder and over the shoulder blade and upper back when the trapezius muscle is strained.

Sometimes, neck pain is caused by injury from a fall, contact sports, or whiplash.

If neck pain continues more than a week, is severe, or is accompanied by other symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

Causes of Neck Pain or Stiff Neck

Neck pain or stiffness can happen for a variety of reasons.

This is usually due to activities and behaviour such as:

  • Poor Posture.
  • Working at a desk for long period of time without changing position.
  • Sleeping with the neck in a bad position.
  • Jerking the neck during exercise
  • Injury from falls, car accidents, sports.
  • Meningitis is an inflammation of the thin tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Stiff neck is usually accompanied by  ever and severe headache. If you have symptoms of meningitis, seek help immediately.
  • A neck strain or sprain occurs when one or more muscles and ligaments, or tendons is in the neck are injured.
  • Too much time in an awkward position
  • Cradling a phone in the crook of the neck
  • Carrying a heavy suitcase or other object on one side of the body
  • Whiplash injury due to car accident

If you have been in an accident or fall and your neck hurts, seek medical care immediately.

How to Ease Neck Pain

If you have minor neck pain or stiffness, take these simple steps to relieve it:

Apply ice for the first few days of your neck area that is hurting. The cold should help reduce the inflammation in the area, which in turn allows it to heal. The ice or cold pack should be applied in ten-minutes intervals during the initial 24 hours.

Apply heat with a heating pad, hot compress, or hot showers. The heat helps bring nutrient-rich blood flow to the area to stimulate a healing response. Some people prefer moist heat, such as from a hot bath or shower. Take a few days off from sports, activities that aggravate your symptoms, and heavy lifting.

Resume normal activity slowly as symptoms ease. Exercise your neck every day. Slowly stretch your head in side-to-side and up-and-down motions.

  1. Use good posture.
  2. Avoid cradling the phone between your neck and shoulder.
  3. Change your position often. Do not stand or sit in one position for too long.
  4. Seek a Professional Sport Massage Therapistor a Myofascial Release Therapist.
  5. Use a special neck pillow for sleeping.
  6. Do not use a neck brace or collar without checking with your doctor’s approval. If not used properly, this can actually make the problem worse.

When to Seek Medical Care

If symptoms persist for more than a week, consult with your doctor. You should also see a doctor if you have:

  • severe neck pain without apparent cause
  • a lump in your neck
  • fever
  • headache
  • swollen glands
  • nausea and vomiting
  • trouble swallowing or breathing
  • weakness
  • numbness and tingling
  • pain that radiates down your arms or legs
  • inability to move your arms or hands
  • inability to touch your chin to your chest
  • bladder or bowel dysfunction

Neck strains and sprains occur when these soft tissues are stretched beyond their normal limits or torn, causing pain, tenderness, and difficulty moving the neck.

Many cases of neck strain or sprain will resolve after a few days, but flare-ups or aching pain may continue for weeks or months after the initial injury.

During your visit your condition will be assessed and steps taken to assist with your rehabilitation. After the session FREE muscle stretching sheets can be provided to assist with healing your injury. It is recommended that you continue these exercises at home to speed up the healing process. To book in for a session, please call Jade Tran on 0425 444 304. I hope you found the article helpful in further understanding your symptoms. Any opinions expressed within my articles/blog are from my personal perspective, not that of my Professional Associations / Educational Institutions
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