Say goodbye to neck and shoulder pain forever with Massage Therapy

October 5th, 2019

blog-banner-1 Poor posture, sprains and strains from sports, overexertion, ageing, pinched nerve and even the way you sleep can give you neck and shoulder pain. If left untreated, such pain can result in severe discomfort and reduce your work productivity, deteriorate the quality of life, and can also lead to stress and anxiety.   Common symptoms of neck pain typically involve one or more of the following:  
  • Stiff neck
  • Soreness
  • Headaches
  • Numbness or weakness
  • Muscle spasms and tightness
  • Pain that worsens when holding the head in place for long periods, such as when sitting on a desk, driving or frequent travelling
  Signs and symptoms of shoulder pain include:  
  • Soreness
  • Reduced movement
  • Weakness of the shoulder/upper arm
  • Tingling and burning sensation
  • Inflamed or irritated tendons

How Massage Helps

  Massage therapy helps in easing neck and shoulder pain, and it is common for people who are experiencing severe pain to seek this treatment.   Massage therapists use their hands to press, rub and manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues to increase blood circulation, reduce muscle tension, and decrease stress hormones, thereby promoting feelings of improved wellbeing.  

The Right Massage

  There are several types of massages, with variations in techniques, strokes, and pressure applied by the hands, which can help manage neck and shoulder pain.   Some of the most common types of massages that help manage neck and shoulder pain are:  

Swedish Massage:

It is one of the most widely practiced therapeutic massages. This type of massage mostly focuses on muscle relaxation and increasing levels of oxygen in the blood with long, steady strokes, typically performed in the direction of blood flow towards the heart.  
  • Help manage chronic pain
  • Kneading and friction motions heal muscle injuries
  • Improves blood circulation and flexibility of the body
  • Decreases stress hormone cortisol

Deep Tissue Massage:

This full body massage involves deep pressure strokes that work on specific areas and go deep into layers of muscle, connective tissue and fascia in the body. The massage strokes are usually slower and applied with more pressure than other massages.  
  • Relieves tension
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Increases joint mobility
  • Improves range of motion and blood circulation
  • Helps breakdown pockets of tense tissue that causes pain and inflammation

Thai Massage:

This massage uses gentle pressure and stretching techniques to relax the entire body. It employs stretching, pulling, and rocking techniques to relieve tension, enhance flexibility and provide relief from anxiety. Unlike most massages, Thai massage is performed on a padded mat on the floor and you remain fully clothed. The therapists use their hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches and also apply deep muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure.  
  • Increase flexibility and range of motion
  • Improves blood flow and enhances relaxation
  • Relieves muscle pain as well as joint stiffness
  • Reduces lactic acid accumulated from holding the neck erect for a long time
  Getting a massage regularly promotes healing by increasing circulation and relieving inflammation. It also keeps your joints strong and muscles limber, which reduces the chances of pulling a muscle.   So what are you waiting for? Experience the goodness of massage therapy at O2 Spa and say goodbye to neck and shoulder pain.