Neck Pain and Massage

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Massage FAQ | Comments Off on Neck Pain and Massage

Proven to be effective for neck pain, massage therapy is based on the fact that the soft tissues respond to touch.

Myofascial (soft tissue) pain is where most pain conditions originate. Trigger points are hypersensitive points in muscles, which radiate or refer pain to various parts of the body, can be the root cause of many conditions.Muscles not only move joints, they stabilize them, and they provide armor for the internal organs. These functions cause more pain than people realize. Most headaches originate in the muscles of the neck and head. Most pain in the hands and arms originates in the neck and shoulders.

Neck pain usually comes from:
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Nerve compression
  • Ruptured disc
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal misalignments
  • Nerve entrapment

Usually three of these problems (nerve compression, nerve entrapment, and soft tissue restrictions) have a soft tissue imbalance as either the source or a component of the issue.  For long term success, the imbalances in the soft tissue must be addressed with manual therapy of some kind.  The manual therapy must focus on correcting the imbalance, creating space and softness in the tissue, and bringing the body back to neutral position.

Resources:

Randomized trial of therapeutic massage for chronic neck pain.

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