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Neck pain or a stiff neck can be a problem to most people depending on how you spend your day or how you constantly sleep, that is your sleeping position.
If you happen to hold the same position with your upper body then you are likely to sustain a repetitive strain injury. Besides, if you always have headaches and stiff neck then you are definitely suffering from repetitive stress injury, which may be related to your job or daily routine.
Other causes of neck pain can be trauma or injuries that affect the neck, anxiety or stress as well as diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis as well as cancer.
Some of the symptoms related to neck pain include difficulty moving the neck as well as soreness, headaches, arm and shoulder pain.
But you can always ease these kinds of strain and stiffness by doing some self-massage using some home remedies and techniques. This is because massage often helps with relaxing the muscles as well as increasing blood circulation.
Here are a few ways you can get rid of neck pain by using different forms of massage.
1. You Can Massage With Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil has loads of menthol that often soothe the stiff neck muscles. Besides, its analgesic property will also relieve your neck from pain and discomfort.
You just have to warm 2 teaspoons of olive oil and add a few drops of peppermint oil to it and gently massage your neck with the mix of warm oil. You can use it twice a day.
Moreover, you can also add 2 drops of peppermint in a big bowl of cold water and soak some washcloth in it and apply to the affected area for 10-15 minutes. You can do this until you feel some ease on your neck area.
You should also note that peppermint is not suitable for children or those with sensitive skin.
2. You Can Massage With Different Essential Oils or Alcohol
When it comes to massaging the neck, you should be cautious with the type of oil you use as some might be ineffective or itchy to the skin. You can use lavender, tea tree, black pepper, juniper or citronella oils as they can impart some healing properties on your neck region as well as stimulate your sense of smell.
You can also rub and massage some alcohol on the affected area. You might experience some coldness at first but it gets warmer with every massage, probably the same effect you can have with balms.
Hydrotherapy often offers a different kind of home massage experience. You just get in the shower and target the neck area or sore spot with warm shower water for about 3-4 minutes. After which you can turn to the cold setting and target the neck area for 30 seconds to 1 minute. You can repeat this process as much as you want as it is both relaxing and therapeutic, even to the whole body.
4. Massage Cupping
Massage cupping is a form of massage therapy that uses suction to increase blood flow as well as promote healing in specific areas, like the neck. You can always use silicone or glass cups. Some professionals often use fire and blood but dry cupping, as it is commonly known is enough to relieve your neck of any tension and pain.
5. You Can Do Circular Friction or gliding Stroke
You can also apply different massage techniques like circular friction and gliding stroke so as to relieve any pain that might cause some headaches as well as insomnia.
For circular friction, you can apply the massage in the area between your spine and shoulder blade. This will likely ease any stiffness around your neck region as well as increase blood circulation in the area as well as the entire body.
As for gliding stroke, you just place both thumbs in the area between the shoulder blades and spine and slowly glide them down the muscle while applying reasonable pressure on it. You can do this effectively by following the pathway of the shoulder blade.
6. You Can Use Neck Massagers
You can also invest on versatile neck massagers that are bound to leave your neck as well as your entire body relaxed. Some of the best neck massagers often relieve tension, stress, and pain in the waist, back, shoulders, head as well as calf and leg area.
Moreover, they also help with increased blood flow all over the body.
Basically, any pain or stress on the neck often calls for overall pain in the whole body. Apart from straining to do stuff, you will also lack proper sleep as well as become an emotional wreck due to the level of stress, tension and constant headaches that are often caused by neck pain.
Conclusively, you can opt to customize the different forms of massage with some home-remedies like essential oils so as to make the whole process easy on your neck. You can also book an appointment with a masseuse if home massage techniques prove to be difficult to handle on a daily basis.