Can you relieve muscle pain in your neck yourself?
The answer to this question is a clear yes, at least in most of the cases.
When your neck hurts, it often does due to excessive muscle tension.
Neck pain is often caused by tense muscles in this area, and you can take care of it yourself.
On this page I will show you which muscles are usually responsible for this kind of pain and how to get it under control.
The muscles in the nape of the neck and the shoulder are responsible for tension that often leads to a painful, stiff neck.
A self-massage presents itself as a good treatment option. It allows you to relax the affected muscles and thus relieve pain.
Many people experience improvement immediately after the first massage.
Why does a self-massage work?
If you massage the nape of your neck, then you “communicate” with your nervous system.
Your nervous system is the body’s control station, and as such also controls your muscle tension.
When you massage tense and painful areas, you are telling the brain to reduce the muscle tension in the area in question.
In order to eliminate tension in this part of your body, you will have to focus mainly on two areas, i.e. the nape of the neck and the shoulders.
Both areas contribute to a sore and painful neck since they make up an inseparable unit. They are linked by certain muscles, which influence each other.
That means, too much tension in the shoulder muscles can radiate in the nape of the neck causing problems there, and vice versa.
There are also trigger points in the shoulder muscles that can lead to neck pain.