Massage therapy includes manipulating soft tissues, such as muscles and tendons, using the hands to enhance blood circulation, relieve muscle stress, and encourage feelings of well-being. Massage therapy by a massage therapist, physical therapist, or other trained health professional is popular for people who have chronic neck pain and stiffness.
How Is Massage Therapy Used to Treat Chronic Neck Pain?
There are several different forms of massage, each with its own set of techniques, strokes, and pressure applied with the hands and other tools. Since these areas are all associated, even though only the neck is symptomatic, the massage is usually applied to the neck, shoulders, and back.
The following are two of the most popular forms of deep tissue massage for neck pain
In Western culture, Swedish massage is the most common. It primarily focuses on slow, continuous strokes in the direction of blood flow to the heart. Kneading and friction movements are possible additions. Swedish massage has many purposes, one of which is to encourage relaxation in the entire body.
Deep tissue massage works on the deeper layers of the muscles and connective tissues with longer strokes and friction. Deep tissue massage, also known as connective tissue massage, has several different meanings depending on the therapist’s methods and philosophies. Deep tissue therapy, as opposed to Swedish massage, focuses on a specific region of chronic pain.
There are several other styles and combinations of massage. Some massage therapists, for example, use special oils or other scents for aromatherapy, which can help with relaxation and enjoyment.