When you experience neck pain, you probably think that a nice massage will help ease the discomfort.
Having a stiff neck is common and it doesn’t often cause chronic pain. But, if you are experiencing extreme pain and a limited range of motion because your muscles is so stiff, you may have a frozen neck. Massage therapy can help treat the pain but also the cause of the pain. This increases your quality of life overall.
These are usually caused by muscles, joints, or bones that are pushing on the nerves. Inflammation and muscle tension can also be the culprit behind this painful condition. Pinched nerves in the cervical spine or shoulders can cause pain in the neck. If the condition is caused by inflammation in the muscles or joints, massage can help get rid of the pain.
Believe it or not, headaches can actually be associated with neck pain. The pain is usually caused by muscle spasm or tension. It is typically dull and achy, and your neck may be stiff. You may also experience difficulty moving and tenderness.
Axial neck pain
This pain, also called mechanical pain, is the most common type felt in the neck region. You will feel it in one spot or area of the neck, but it will not usually radiate. Symptoms include dull or achy pain, as well as sharp pains in the affected area. Poor posture and certain movements can aggravate the pain and make it worse. There are a number of causes for this type of pain including:
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strain
- Facet joint disfunction
- Cervical disk degeneration
If you have a medical condition related to your neck pain, be sure to speak with your doctor. They will be able to tell you if massage therapy is a good treatment.
This type of pain occurs when a nerve root in the cervical spine is inflamed. The pain will radiate down the neck and into the spine, shoulder, arm, and even hand. It can feel like a shock or a searing pain and can become worse with particular movements or postures. Medical conditions like spinal degeneration or bone spurs (bony growths) can cause radicular neck pain. Again, if you have a medical condition, speak with your doctor before seeking massage as a treatment.
Massage therapy in Austin, Texas
If you have been experiencing neck pain, consider trying massage therapy. Our professional massage therapists are here to help you relax and heal. You can reach us at (512) 940-4087 or Send Us an Email to learn more about our Services.