Effective neck pain massage
Here are some basic, simple, yet effective stretches for neck pain. Do them gently. Do not force. As soon as you feel a stretch, then that is as far as you need to go. For added effectiveness drape a hot pack around your neck for a few minutes before you do the stretches.
With hands hanging loosely by your side,turn your head slowly to look over your right shoulder. Hold for 5 breaths. Look over the other shoulder – hold.
Repeat 3 times.
Head to Shoulder
Keeping your shoulders down, tilt you head gently to the right shoulder. Feel the stretch on the left side and hold for 5 breaths.
Repeat to the other side.
The Smelly Armpit
Look slightly to the right. Gently take your head down towards the right nipple. Hold for 5 breaths.
Repeat to the other side
Pressure Points At Base of the Skull
This is my Number 1 technique for relieving neck pain.
Support your forehead with your left hand. Feel for the hollow in the centre at the base of your skull.
- Move to the right about a thumb width to locate a ropey muscle. Push this point up towards the left eye. Hold for 5 breaths.
- Slide your thumb outward to feel an indentation Push up towards the left eye. Hold for 5 breaths.
- Slide your thumb outward to the indentation behind the earlobe. Push up towards the right eye. Hold for 5 breaths.
Repeat all the above on the other side of your skull.
NB: If at any time when pushing the pressure points, you start to feel as if a headache or nausea is about to come on, STOP IMMEDIATELY.
Who wants to give themselves a headache!!!!?
Look! It’s Superman
Tilt your head backward as far as you can in comfort. Gently open your mouth as you do so. Hold for 5 breaths.
Stop if you start to feel dizzy.
Regular use of these stretches will greatly help your reduce neck pain.
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