Massage for neck pain — techniques for relief
Massage for neck pain is a widely prescribed conservative treatment that helps many patients experience relief from a range of underlying conditions. A doctor or physical therapist might prescribe massage therapy to help manage the symptoms of age-related spine issues like osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease as well as a bulging or herniated disc caused by injury or accident. It also can be used to alleviate persistent neck pain caused by a strained muscle.
If neck pain has gotten to the point where it is affecting your family life, work or even basic household tasks like cooking a meal or working in the yard you should explore every option that can potentially bring relief. Massage is often a part of an effective symptom management plan that brings lasting relief for many patients.
Specific massage techniques
The goal of massage for neck pain is to stimulate muscle tissue and increase blood flow. This helps speed the elimination of waste products in muscle tissue, such as lactic acid and carbon dioxide, and improves the flow of fresh oxygen into the muscle. These goals can be accomplished using several different methods of massage, including:
- Swedish massage — the most common form of massage used in North America, this involves light strokes combined with deeper pressure to improve blood flow in the muscles
- Deep tissue massage — as the name suggests, this kind of massage therapy targets tissue below the surface muscle groups
- Trigger point therapy — this targets the release of accumulated waste tissue that has bunched or knotted within a muscle
- Shiatsu — originating in Japan, this form of massage therapy involves applying weight to the body’s acupressure points
Massage can be combined with conservative treatments like physical therapy, epidural steroid injections and lifestyle changes like diet and exercise to relieve symptoms and regain the mobility needed to resume everyday activity.
Laser Spine Institute
When massage for neck pain and other conservative treatments have been exhausted without necessary improvement in symptoms, your physician might present surgery as an option. If you are concerned about the risks and difficulties that go with a traditional open spine surgery, reach out to Laser Spine Institute to learn more about an alternative form of surgical treatment. Our minimally invasive outpatient procedures use a smaller incision to access the spine, resulting in less scarring and a shorter recovery time for our patients.^
Contact Laser Spine Institute for your no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to see if you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery.