One of THE most common complaints I see on a daily basis is about neck and or shoulder pain. Sometimes it is attributed to turning funny or sleeping funny. Other times it comes from an accident or repetitive motion or holding. Whatever the cause it hurts and makes life seem a little dimmer and sometimes downright miserable.
There are many treatment options available but one of the most valuable and effective methods is massage. Numerous studies have shown
how regular can alleviate and sometimes completely free a person from neck and shoulder pain.
The manipulation of the soft tissues helps those tissues to relax. When the tissues are relaxed most of the time the pain goes away. Depending on the cause a person may need several sessions to completely get the soft tissues to relax and STAY that way.. Sometimes regular massage is needed in order to maintain that relaxed feeling. This is usually because the person has chronic issues in their lifestyle and monthly massage is needed to address it. Very rarely is a condition so bad that massage is unable to help at all- but it can happen. Still, in the overall view of things it is absolutely worth a try.
Some of the better techniques to look for in a therapist when dealing with neck and shoulder pain are:
Advanced Training. Regular Swedish massage is perfectly capable of handling pain but advanced training in specialized modalities means the therapist has more tools to help you.
Specifically: Myofascial Release, Aromatherapy, Structural Integration, Reiki, Hot and Cold Stone Massage, Sound/Vibration Therapy, BodyArt Therapy, and Crystal work.