Effective Massage of the Neck
The neck is designed to be a very mobile area allowing us to swivel our head from side to side, look up to the sky, and take notice of obstacles in our path while walking. For many this built in maneuverability is lost over time for a variety of reasons – traumas, overuse, lack of use, poor nutrition to name a few.
Restrictions to the range of motion of the neck affects our quality of life. Those of us who drive a car, for example, lose the ability to turn our head to observe oncoming traffic or size up our parking skills. We end up looking at obstacles behind us by looking into the rear and side-view mirrors rather than swivel our head to look behind us.
Sometimes a neck becomes stuck in a position that is out of normal alignment with the rest of the body. A common pattern you can observe in others is the “head forward” posture where the ear is positioned forward of the shoulders when looking at a side view. Often this is due to an imbalance in the muscles and adhesions in the connective tissues that surround the muscles. Muscular tension in neck muscles can lead to headaches, sinus congestion, ringing in the ears, pain or numbness in the arms and shoulders due to “trigger point” referral patterns mapped out by researchers.
Sharing the neck massage techniques presented on this video with a loved one can help restore lost mobility and retain that mobility that currently is being experienced.