Neck pain can also be caused by other structures surrounding the upper body that can become strained or inflamed. A combination of medical massage (targeting specific muscles) and cupping therapy (lifting connective tissue) is often an effective treatment for pain. If you have pain or discomfort in your neck and shoulders massage therapy can help.
Neck pain often occurs with back pain and the symptoms are similar. Symptoms of pain may include spasms, stiffness, muscle discomfort, limitation of movement and headaches. Neck pain can occur suddenly (acute) or be constant (chronic); an acute injury can lead to chronic pain and loss of range of motion, if left untreated.
Massage therapy is a noninvasive alternative to prescription medication commonly used for treating pain. Massage is a manual therapy that uses hands-on manipulation of the muscles and other soft tissues to relieve muscle tension and reduce stress. Although massage affects the whole body, it is especially therapeutic for treating neck pain.
Neck pain can trigger headaches. Millions of Americans suffer from headaches of all kinds, and headaches are the number one excuse for time missed from work. Most headaches fall into one of three categories—tension headaches, migraines, or cluster headaches. Tension headaches are usually caused by muscle and posture difficulties, and can be made worse if you are stressed, anxious, tired, depressed. Regardless of which specific kind of headache you may have massage therapy can offer relief from headaches associated with neck pain.
Massage therapists do not diagnose medical conditions nor is this information intended to replace medical counsel. It is always advised to consult your physician first when you are seeking pain relief as there are many conditions with similar symptoms and some of them are life threatening and require medical attention.