Neck pain tends to appear without warning. One moment you feel excellent. The next, your mood may suddenly change due to neck pain, and it is not a fun feeling at all. Nobody wants to have prolonged engagement with neck pain. Do you want to learn a few self-massage techniques to beat neck pain as best as possible? You will need only your two hands and a bath towel. Let’s do this.
We are hoping that you will find much value in these self-massage procedures. May they help you get neck pain relief anytime and anywhere you can perform them. Get ready to enjoy neck pain relief while you’re at home or wherever you can execute these self-massage techniques.
#1. Massaging the Back Muscles of Your Neck
Try to keep the pressure as light as you can. Too much massage pressure may be harmful. Add more slight pressure until you feel the right kind of pressure on the neck. Make sure that you are not overstretching your neck since it may cause pain and discomfort.
- Put your left hand on the neck muscles located behind your left ear. Use soft fingers to apply some gentle pressure onto the area. Slowly turn your head to the right while applying the pressure. Make sure your fingers don’t move, and that it’s just your head that is moving. Repeat on the other side.
- Use your fingers to massage the same area of the neck with gentle circular movements to increase blood flow while releasing tension. See this video for more detailed instructions.
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#2. Towel Massage
A towel is soft and light. It is something you can use at home. Towel massage won’t put pressure on your neck and cause harm. Instead, it can help you release excess tension from your tight neck muscles and bring back your neck mobility.
- Put your towel rolled lengthwise behind your neck. Then pull the towel forward with both of your hands holding each end. It will apply light pressure to your neck. Slowly turn your head to the left side and hold this pose for a few seconds. Then repeat to the other side. Keep pulling the towel forward slightly while you do the turns, as shown in the video below. Make sure you’re not drawing the cloth with too much force. Also, avoid any sharp movement. Do it slowly and surely, maintaining control of your moves.
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#3. Squeezing the Side Muscles
- Sit up with your back straight. Put both your palms on each side of your neck. Lean your head back a little and let it gently drop to your left. Squeeze the left-back muscles of your neck so that they would feel a bit hard, but with a pleasant kind of pressure. Then let your head gently drop to the right. Now squeeze the right back muscles of your neck as well. Keep on pressing the right and left side muscles starting from the bottom part of your neck and begin slowly moving upward. See this video for detailed instructions.
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#4. Simple Suboccipital Self Massage
- When your suboccipital muscles are tight and locked, it can bring about dizziness, headache, and sometimes, even nausea. To release pressure from these muscles, start by feeling the soft area right beneath the bone of your skull. Use both hands, add gentle pressure on the suboccipital muscles on the right and the left sides of the neck. Then lean your head back slightly and slowly. Then keep applying just enough pressure in and up with your fingers.
- Slowly bring your chin to your chest and, as you bring your head down, slowly move your fingers outward, making the right and the left hands apart and continue applying just enough pressure. Your focus is to divide and “open” the suboccipital muscles and take away their tightness. Repeat the move a couple of times while making sure you do not feel any pain while doing this self-massage. Reduce the pressure when you start feeling pain. Watch this video to see how it is done correctly.
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Neck Pain Reduced By Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Taking care of yourself on your own is good. However, when the neck pain gets too severe or persistent or chronic, it is time to let the professionals take a look. Neck pain and upper cervical chiropractic care go well together. If your neck pain becomes too much for you to handle alone, it may be the best time to seek an upper cervical chiropractor’s services.
The primary reason for the pain and discomfort you are experiencing could be due to a misalignment. Mainly, a misalignment in one of the top bones of your neck, the C1 or C2 vertebra. Sometimes even as slight as ¼ of a millimeter in misalignment can be the reason for significant issues, including neck pain. Upper cervical chiropractic care is soft and precise, and this results in a longer-lasting adjustment and regularly helps alleviate neck pain.
Here’s proof that upper cervical care works. A clinical study involving a 44-year-old female patient with a history of dizziness, vertigo, neck pain, and headaches received upper cervical chiropractic care. After her treatment program, she experienced a reduction in many of her health problems. She also enjoyed a significant decrease in the severity of her headaches and neck pain.
Find an upper cervical chiropractor near you to help you.