A sore neck is a common problem in modern times. There are several theories on why you may experience sore neck and each instance is different from the other. You tend to think that the way you slept the previous night has caused the sore neck, though the problem may have its roots elsewhere. Let us therefore examine some of the potential causes that can lead up to a sore neck.
Though you might have come across several stories on pain
and stiffness in the neck contributed by stress, it is nothing weird and
remains a significant contributor to pain and stiffness in the neck. You may
not even experience stress in all its force, but a mere anxiety about
something, such as an upcoming interview, worries about your personal finance
or turning up late at work can all add up.
Myotherapy works like a double whammy – a massage that works as a treatment to reduce stiffness from a musculoskeletal angle and a stress reliever.
You tried skiing or snowboarding as a first timer
When you try out a sport as a first timer, a stiff body the following morning is almost always an inevitable consequence and neck pain is also nearly common, particularly when you were face first in snow more than you were upright. Falling is inherent to most snow sports and when you fall at high speeds with a helmet on, you could suffer acute pain and whiplash in your neck the following morning. Weight of the helmet and the speed of the fall make a perfect match for a sore neck a few hours after the fall.
Manual mobilization at a competent myotherapy center and some at-home exercises can bring significant relief to you.
When the summer days are around the corner, nearly everyone is keen to jump on to the bandwagon called body transformation and therefore it is only natural that we see an increase in the number of people reporting neck issues arising from the everyday ab-crunch exercises. For newbies in fitness, or even veterans in the art, in the course of several core-crunches, neck flexion is passive and repetitive. This will eventually cause neck strain leading up to neck pain too.
The fix for this problem is placing your chin on the chest and avoid pulling the head up while you crunch. It is important that the whole movement comes from only the core. You may not be able to crunch to the desired level, but your neck will be saved.
Check your sports bra
Obviously this applies to women only. While your aim could be a sports bra that fits tight, when it is excessively tight, it can bring significant pressure on the upper trap muscles causing an aching, dull pain on the neck.
You can choose a thin strap or get an ideal fit with the help of a specialist. Meantime, myotherapy or remedial massage can also help in decreasing stiffness as well as the aching dull pain till you get a new bra.
Impact of cheap massage
There may be nothing wrong going to massage venues for a relaxing massage. But not everyone has the required training in remedial and deep tissue massage techniques especially with regard to rehabilitation and recovery. The consequence potentially is that you walk out of the massage parlour battered and bruised a little more than when you entered the parlour.
Solution: If you have chronic issues with the neck or niggling pains, you should essentially look for an experienced and qualified specialist in remedial massage or myotherapist and get massage techniques and manual therapy to alleviate your neck problems.
Finding your myotherapist
When you start looking for your myotherapist, the task can be daunting since there are any number of myotherapists in most Australian cities and towns. Knowing your predicament, we have put together a short checklist that can help you.
You don’t need a referral letter from your GP or another physician. But you can always talk to your family members or friends to understand if they can recommend someone and if so, why. Obviously, your family members or best friends would never misguide you and would be explicit if they don’t have useful information for you. Therefore, this is a foolproof and easy way to find your myotherapist.
Potentially, you could need fortnightly or weekly visits to the myotherapist before you can experience commendable relief from your chronic/acute injury. Therefore, your myotherapist should be within reasonable reach so that you have no problems adhering to the treatment schedule and hasten recovery.
Now, this is very important – the myotherapist you choose should have a strong portfolio and exposure to a wide range of ailments, injuries, pathologies. This will help him give you more purposeful and specialized treatment. It would also mean that he/she can offer you a customized treatment plan than a generic one. Do not measure experience merely by the years in practice, but should reckon the range of patients he/she has seen.
Australia presently stipulates a minimum qualification of Advanced Diploma in Myotherapy (Remedial massage) for anyone practising myotherapy. However, most myotherapists focus on getting a Bachelor’s degree and relevant training imparted by an educational institution accredited by the Government is mandatory in both cases. If the myotherapist you work with, has additional qualifications that come as a bonus for you.
- Someone you can trust and like
When you focus on the other attributes of a myotherapist, often times, you tend to skip this aspect. Your myotherapist should be someone you are very comfortable working with. This relationship will help in the creation of a caring environment and build a strong personal rapport between you and the myotherapist significantly aiding long term plans for treatment as well as rehabilitation.
You should now be on your way finding the perfect myotherapist for you.
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