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LONG POST: But hopefully helpful to those of you suffering with neck tension - I've included some techniques you might find useful to do at home or at work whilst sitting down to help alleviate tension for yourself:
Neck tension – it’s a real pain in the neck
Neck tension can be at best, uncomfortable, and at worst, completely debilitating.
Our neck’s job is to support and carry our heavy heads around all day, and with the average human head weighing in the region of 10-11 pounds (that’s about the same size as a 3-month old baby, or a medium size cat) it’s understandable that our necks can suffer.
Some people are more prone to neck tension than others; the taller you are for example, the more time you will spend ‘looking down’ and with the head being as heavy as it is, just a few degrees tilt can add significant strain to your neck muscles. There are certain jobs and hobbies, such as gardening and even massage, that force you to look down more and even jobs where you are predominantly forward-facing can be troublesome. Driving and desk-based jobs, for example, see you spending large amounts of time hunched in a relatively stationary position, preventing your muscles from enjoying a natural stretch. Unfortunately, even if you do everything right, you could simply sleep in an awkward position – no one is immune from neck tension and it’s something that most of my clients have struggled with at one time or another.
Relieving neck tension through massage:
Tension in your neck can lead to tension in your head, resulting in headaches, migraines and sleeplessness. In turn, this can make you less productive, more stressed and generally feeling pretty miserable.
At Grapevine Therapies ‘no pain is my aim’ and as a qualified massage therapist I can help ease the tense muscles in your neck in as little as a 30-minute treatment. All of my sessions are tailored to each person’s individual needs at that given time and no two treatments are the same. Through blending techniques mastered in Indian Head Massage, Deep Tissue Sports Massage, Thai Massage and Classic Relaxation Massage – or indeed a combination of all four – I can tackle the tension in your neck in the most suitable manner. My treatments also include an in-depth consultation and postural analysis, where the possible causes of your neck tension often present themselves clearly. Furthermore, while I find nothing more rewarding than reducing pain manually, I’m also passionate about promoting the steps that you can take at home to live a pain-free life.
Self-administered stretches for relieving neck tension:
Stretching is an often-underrated therapeutic practice that can make a huge difference to the way your body moves and feels. It keeps your muscles flexible, strong and healthy, allowing a fuller range-of-motion in each movement and preventing your muscles from becoming short and tight. If this does happen, you are more prone to injury and, as injured muscles lack the strength needed to support your joints, this can in turn trigger a chain-reaction that leads to injured joints too.
Learning a few basic stretches, and practicing them regularly, can not only reduce the symptoms of neck tension but can enhance your everyday posture and movement, making you more comfortable in your own body and benefiting your overall sense of wellbeing.
These simple neck stretches can be done by anyone and will have you feeling a whole lot better, a whole lot quicker. Unless specified otherwise, please do all exercises from a relaxed, seated position:
Shoulder Roll -
Slowly roll your shoulders back three times, then forward three times. Exaggerate the movement for a longer, deeper stretch – forward (hold), up (hold), back (hold) and down (hold.)
Areas targeted – deltoids, pecks, scapular
Neck flex -
Hold your hands in front of you with fingers spread. Raise them to the side of your head, placing each thumb on your ear as if to make ‘Micky Mouse’ ears. Bring your elbows together, then place your fingers (they should still be spread) across the back of your head. Gently pull down to get a lovely stretch across the back of your neck and hold for approximately 30 seconds.
Areas targeted – trapezius
Lateral neck extension -
Place your right hand across to the left side of your head so that your fingers are just above the top of your ear and your thumb is facing down towards your back. Gently pull your head, bringing your right ear to your right shoulder and being careful to not raise your shoulder to your ear. You should feel a good stretch in the left-hand side of your neck. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, then do the same on the other side. Repeat twice.
Areas targeted – neck, upper trapezius
360-degree neck mobilisation -
Keeping your body stable, sit tall, breath deep and turn your head as far as it will go to the right, then to the centre, then to the left. Repeat three times. Look up slowly and tilt your head as far back as it will go and then bring it down towards the chest. Repeat twice.
Areas targeted – neck, trapezius, deltoids, rhomboids
Alternative neck roll -
Clasp your hands around the back of your neck, keeping elbows facing forwards. Rotate slowly anti-clockwise, then clockwise. Repeat three times. This controlled movement is similar to a head roll, but with your hands cupping the back of your neck for increased protection and to prevent you extending too far.
Areas targeted – increase flexibility in neck
If you are suffering from persistent neck tension or have an ache that just won’t go away (or if you would just like to be treated to some well-earned rest and relaxation) then please make an appointment via my booking in page on the website (link below) to come and see me. grapevinetherapies.co.uk/online-booking/