Myotherapy for Neck Pain

 

Self Care is vital to maintain a full range of motion for the neck.

Too many people suffer needlessly with preventable neck and upper back restrictions. The most common symptoms of restrictions in the neck and upper back include postural imbalances which result in rounded shoulders and your neck protruding forward as well as pain in the upper back, shoulders, neck and possibly headaches. There are many simple self care exercises that can be done at home to improve posture and reduce upper back/neck pain.

Firstly, laying on a tightly rolled towel and placing it vertically under the spine is a great way to bring your shoulders back and open up the chest which will remove stress from the upper back/neck and improve posture. The best time to do this is for 5-10 minutes at night before bed, especially for someone with a desk job as they tend to spend most of the day sitting in a slouched position with their shoulders rounded forward.

There are many stretches that can be done to help alleviate neck pain and correct forward head posture. The first is done by bringing your chin forward in the direction of the left arm pit. Place your left hand on the back of your head pulling it forward for guidance and extra stretch. Once in this position drop your shoulder blades down and hold for at least one minute to allow the muscle to release. This stretch should be felt through the back of the neck on the right side.Repeat on opposite side.

Another way to lengthen the muscles of the neck is by bringing your left ear to your left shoulder, place your left hand on the right ear and gently pull your head to the left shoulder to deepen the stretch. Hold for one minute and repeat on the opposite side. The final stretch for you neck is to bring your chin towards your sternum stretching the back of your neck. For a deeper stretch pull your head forward with your hands.

Stretching the muscles at the front of the chest is also beneficial for someone suffering upper back pain. Lengthening the muscle fibers in the chest will reduce internal rotation of the shoulder, bringing your shoulder back to their natural position and taking the stress off the upper back muscles. One way to stretch your chest is by using an open door frame, position your elbows at shoulder level with your forearms at 90 degree angles. Place your hand and forearm firmly against the door frame and step forward. Hold for one minute and repeat on the opposite side.

Foam Rollers are designed to release muscle tension and improve the flexibility of specific joints and muscles and are another great way to relieve restrictions. To help ease upper back/neck pain and improve posture lay down with your foam roller horizontally under your upper back, use your legs to lift your hips off the floor and slowly roll up and down on the foam roller. Foam rollers are a great way to self massage and can be used to treat almost any muscle in the body.

Corrective sports taping methods can also be used to help improve postural alignment, reduce stress on the spine and for both the prevention and treatment of the upper back and neck injuries. Correct strapping techniques also have positive neuro-physiologial effects on the body through increased proprioception and increased blood flow to the area.

 




Self care exercises are a great way to maintain and often prevent restrictions although finding and addressing the cause of the problem is essential to long term results.

At Advanced Myotherapy we can help by assessing your lifestyle to find the cause of the restrictions which may be caused by things such as your sleeping position or posture at work.

Depending on the origin of the restriction, you will be given more specific self care exercises which can be done at home that will target specific muscles to further relieve restrictions and maintain normal muscle range of motion.

 

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

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The Lymphatic system is the fluid of the body flowing alongside the circulatory system on the outer layer of the body. It contains much of our immune system including glands (lymph nodes) which are responsible for the elimination of waste and toxins through the body. With many of our lymph nodes in certain areas of the body, Lymphatic drainage massage helps to encourage lymphatic fluid to move through the body for elimination, as opposed to building up causing inflammation and illness.

The importance of the Lymphatic system is found to be vital in maintaining a strong immune system, preventing stagnation in glands that are otherwise responsible for fighting infection, bacteria and disease. Swollen lymph glands are a sign of the body fighting illness and is a key indication of the need to rest and increase good self care medicine. With many of our lymph nodes residing in our throat, groin and armpits, these are important areas to keep aware of. Any swelling in these areas can be a sign that we need extra love and care to speed up the innate healing powers of the lymphatic system.

Seeking Lymphatic Drainage Massage is the best way to help prevent disease by supporting the immune system. Working to encourage the lymph flow back to the heart where it can re-enter the circulatory system for elimination is vital to help remove built up waste and fluid retention from the body. This is especially beneficial for pregnancy, to prevent swelling which is common as the body fluid increases. It is also an excellent support for pregnancy due to the fact that a women’s immune system is slightly weakened during this time given her energy resources are fed through the placenta to the baby.

Supporting pregnant women in this way can encourage her immune system to stay strong as her baby develops, which will in turn help support the health of the developing baby. Using shower gloves to self massage the skin in the direction of the heart, is a great way to encourage lymph flow. Another great thing to do to support the lymphatic system is to dry brush the skin (again in the heart direction), to stimulate the lymphatic flow. Myotherapy & Massage in general do help support the lymphatic system and can be used to support the immune system, especially be reducing stress built up within the body.

Combining treatments is a great way to encourage detoxification and waste elimination, vital for the prevention of disease. When the body is stagnant, inflammation and waste builds up to form debilitating symptoms of pain and illness. It is our job at Advanced Myotherapy to help reverse and prevent such conditions from arising. Myotherapists are trained in Lymphatic Drainage Massage and can incorporate this into your treatment if needed. So if you feel as though you need a little more TLC at the moment, please mention this to us next visit.

Inflammation & Cancer

 
At Advanced Myotherapy we treat the cause of inflammation by taking the pressure off painful joints and tendons at the origin and insertion of muscles where joining to bone. Alongside this, we offer self care education, particularly around the nutritional needs of muscles that help maintain holistic health and physical functionality. With this in mind, we cannot encourage people enough in taking a preventative approach with regards to inflammation.
Our friends at the IACVF say that a low oxygenated environment, trauma and inflammation are among the leading contributing factors in the development of Cancer. So as believers in the power of Self Care Medicine and particularly nutritional healing, we encourage you to invest in the power of prevention by maintaining your most valuable asset…Your health.
Researchers are saying that Cancer can be healed with diet…where Cancer often begins. So, as Autumn approaches and our weather cools off, remember to assess your diet, particularly for the healing of inflammation. Inflammation can be the biggest cause of both pain and disease, so preventing it can be the best way to avoid chronic health conditions and musculoskeletal pain. So, until next tune up, be sure to maintain muscle health with sufficient nutritional sources of vitamins and minerals.
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