Neck Pain? Skip the Massage Gun! 

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Neck Pain? Skip the Massage Gun!

 

Pain in the neck? A massage gun seems like the solution, doesn’t it? Hold tight! Many people put them on their necks, according to a recent survey, but is that safe? Let’s explore the reasons why a massager may not be an ideal choice and find more secure ways to relax!

 

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A health report of a neurological spine surgeon at Och Spine suggests that massaging your neck with a massage gun could cause more “ouch” than “feeling wow” The post references a situation similar to the one in the TikTok viral video( user-Sophie Dolce) in which the user(she) of the massage gun on their neck developed a lump and increased pain. The unusual possibility of affecting the blood supply to the brain and resulting in symptoms akin to a stroke is also mentioned by experts in the report.

 

Neck pain is a common enemy that affects both office workers and fighters. It may appear quickly following a restless night or gradually develop as a result of incorrect posture. However, let’s first grasp our rival before unleashing the high-tech weapons of massage guns (as in that viral video!). Let’s explore the actual use of massage guns and precautions when you are using these techniques.

 

What is Neck pain?

 

Any soreness or pain in your neck’s muscles, ligaments, nerves, or bones can be referred to as neck pain. It might be anything from a minor irritation to a crippling discomfort that prevents you from going about your regular business. Although neck pain is common, it can appear in a variety of ways, so it’s essential to determine the type of pain you’re feeling.

 

The Neck’s Vulnerable Landscape

 

The neck is a delicate and sensitive part. Compared to the bigger muscle groups in the spine or limbs, the chain of essential structures in your neck is as follows:

 

  • Vertebrae: Your spinal cord, which carries nerves throughout your body, is made up of the seven cervical vertebrae.
  • Signals from your brain are sent to other parts of your body through the spinal cord, a network of nerves. 
  • Major veins and coronary arteries: These blood vessels ensure that your brain functions properly by transferring blood to and from it.
  • Nerves: Your head, neck, and arms are controlled by many nerves that emerge from the spinal cord.

In your neck, these structures are located far more near the outer layer than in other places. With its intense vibration therapy, a massage gun may be impacted:

 

  • Damage soft tissues: Your neck’s sensitive ligaments and muscle tissues may sustain tears, bruises, or swelling as a result of the fast vibrations that cause neck pain.

  • Block blood flow: Excessive pressure applied to important arteries and veins may momentarily cut off blood supply to the brain, resulting in symptoms such as feeling dizzy or lightheaded and, in rare instances, stroke-like signs.

  • Irritated nerves: Massage guns have a risk of worsening pre-existing nerve disorders in the neck, leading to elevated discomfort, paresthesia, or numbness.

 

When Potential Risks Exceed the Benefits 

 

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Although massage guns are useful for relieving stress in bigger muscle groups, there are more risks linked to using them than positives when it comes to your neck. The list that follows explains why it’s often not suggested:

 

  • Lack of accuracy: Percussive massages provided by massage guns are extensive and may not specifically address the cause of your neck pain.

  • Controlling pressure might be challenging since it’s simple to use a massage gun overly, especially on delicate areas like the back of the neck.

  • Lack of access to some areas: It can be challenging to properly target specific muscle groups with a massage gun due to the prominent bones in your neck.

 

Findings

 

  • The World Journal of Clinical Cases released a case report in April 2023 about a 49-year-old woman who used a neck massager and later got blood clots in her carotid artery (the arteries on either side of the neck).
  • In the report of Health, Dr.Justin, neurological spine surgeon at Och Spine at NewYork- said If you’re using a massage gun right at the base of your skull, it’s not ideal.

 

Alternatives More Secure For Healing Neck Pain

 

There are other safer and more efficient methods to get relief from neck pain:

  • Self-Massage Simply: Your hands are effective instruments! Apply light pressure and move in a clockwise direction to massage the back of your neck. Keep cautious of applying pressure directly to your spine.
  • heat therapy as a warm neck embrace. To unwind your muscles and increase blood flow, apply warm towels or a low-temperature heating pad for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Ice Therapy: Are you sensing an inflammatory fire? If your neck pain is new, use an ice pack covered in a towel every 15 to 20 minutes to help with inflammation and discomfort.
  • Stretching and Mild Workouts: Taking regular breaks to stretch your neck can help! But be careful, and don’t make any awkward motions. See a physical therapist to get appropriate stretch methods tailored to your needs.
  • Nonprescription Medications: A little assistance from a buddy (such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen) can often make an enormous impact. These drugs can aid in the treatment of inflammation and pain. Always remember to take medication as directed by your doctor and let them know if you have any deeper health concerns. 
  • Body-Mind Approaches: A common symptom of stress is neck pain. You can ease general stress and relax your muscles by using techniques like deep breathing or yoga sessions.

 

Wellness Garden’s Areas of Specialization

 

In addition to all of these self-care methods, we provide several specialist services for the relief of neck pain with your specific requirements:

  • Spine Care Reflexology Therapy: This specific reflexology therapy promotes relaxation and better nerve function by concentrating on pressure points that relate to the spine. 
  • Historical Method Therapy: To target particular locations and relieve neck pain, our highly trained professionals use ancient techniques like acupressure or cupping therapy.
  • Spinal Healing Retreat: Take part in a customized break that aims to improve spine condition and minimize neck pain. This all-inclusive program might include courses for education, the practice of yoga, and focused massage.
  • Timeless Workout Program: Our fitness specialists can create a program that is especially suited for strengthening the muscles that stabilize your neck and help you with posture.

 

End Note

 

Although neck pain might be extremely difficult to manage, you may reclaim your comfort and range of motion with a proper strategy. Consider that this may not be the best time to use a massage gun in action. Wellness Garden provides lots of alternatives. We provide a variety of services to meet your needs, perhaps you’re interested in reflexology or a spine health retreat, or if you prefer self-care methods like sauna therapy or light self-massage.

 

If you’re interested in practicing the aforementioned acupuncture therapy under our guidance, feel free to get in touch with us for personalized Consultations and more.

 

A Word From WG Team

 

Wellness Garden is your committed partner in seeking comprehensive natural and holistic therapies to address all your pain and wellness requirements. Our approach encompasses the entirety of your body, mind, and environment, integrating body, mind, and nutrition therapy and various other techniques.

 

Whether you’re facing physical or mental health concerns, life hurdles, or simply aiming to enhance your overall well-being, we’re here to provide the support you need. Get in touch with us to explore the possibilities and embark on your journey towards holistic therapy and improved healing.

 

 

The neck is a delicate and sensitive part. Compared to the bigger muscle groups in the spine or limbs, the chain of essential structures in your neck is as follows:

 

  • Vertebrae: Your spinal cord, which carries nerves throughout your body, is made up of the seven cervical vertebrae.
  • Signals from your brain are sent to other parts of your body through the spinal cord, a network of nerves. 
  • Major veins and coronary arteries: These blood vessels ensure that your brain functions properly by transferring blood to and from it.
  • Nerves: Your head, neck, and arms are controlled by many nerves that emerge from the spinal cord.

In your neck, these structures are located far more near the outer layer than in other places. With its intense vibration therapy, a massage gun may be impacted:

 

  • Damage soft tissues: Your neck’s sensitive ligaments and muscle tissues may sustain tears, bruises, or swelling as a result of the fast vibration of the massage gun that causes neck pain.

  • Block blood flow: Excessive pressure applied to important arteries and veins may momentarily cut off blood supply to the brain, resulting in symptoms such as feeling dizzy or lightheaded and, in rare instances, stroke-like signs.

  • Irritated nerves: Massage guns have a risk of worsening pre-existing nerve disorders in the neck, leading to elevated discomfort, paresthesia, or numbness.

 

Continue to the Table of Contents to read about when potential risks of massage gun will arise.

Although massagers are useful for relieving stress in bigger muscle groups, there are more risks linked to using them than positives when it comes to your neck. The list that follows explains why it’s often not suggested:

 

  • Lack of accuracy: Percussive massages provided by massage guns are extensive and may not specifically address the cause of your neck pain.

  • Controlling pressure might be challenging since it’s simple to use a massage gun overly, especially on delicate areas like the back of the neck.

  • Lack of access to some areas: It can be challenging to properly target specific muscle groups with a massage gun due to the prominent bones in your neck.

 

 

Continue to the Table of Contents to read about the alternative solutions for neck pain instead of massage gun

Research Reveals:

 

The World Journal of Clinical Cases released a case report in April 2023 about a 49-year-old woman who used a neck massage gun and later got blood clots in her carotid artery (the arteries on either side of the neck).

 

Alternatives More Secure For Healing Neck Pain

 

There are other safer and more efficient methods to get relief from neck pain:

  • Self-Massage Simply: Your hands are effective instruments! Apply light pressure and move in a clockwise direction to massage the back of your neck. Keep cautious of applying pressure directly to your spine.
  • Heat Therapy as a warm neck embrace. To unwind your muscles and increase blood flow, apply warm towels or a low-temperature heating pad for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Ice Therapy: Are you sensing an inflammatory fire? If your neck pain is new, use an ice pack covered in a towel every 15 to 20 minutes to help with inflammation and discomfort.
  • Stretching and Mild Workouts: Taking regular breaks to stretch your neck can help! But be careful, and don’t make any awkward motions. See a physical therapist to get appropriate stretch methods tailored to your needs.
  • Nonprescription Medications: A little assistance from a buddy (such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen) can often make an enormous impact. These drugs can aid in the treatment of inflammation and pain. Always remember to take medication as directed by your doctor and let them know if you have any deeper health concerns. 
  • Body-Mind Approaches: A common symptom of stress is neck pain. You can ease general stress and relax your muscles by using techniques like deep breathing or yoga sessions.

 

Continue to the Table of Contents to read about the specialty of WG 
Wellness Garden’s Areas of Specialization

 

In addition to all of these self-care methods, we provide several specialist services for the relief of neck pain with your specific requirements:

  • Spine Care Reflexology Therapy: This specific reflexology therapy promotes relaxation and better nerve function by concentrating on pressure points that relate to the spine. 
  • Historical Method Therapy: To target particular locations and relieve neck pain, our highly trained professionals use ancient techniques like acupressure or cupping therapy.
  • Spinal Healing Retreat: Take part in a customized break that aims to improve spine condition and minimize neck pain. This all-inclusive program might include courses for education, the practice of yoga, and focused massage.
  • Timeless Workout Program: Our fitness specialists can create a program that is especially suited for strengthening the muscles that stabilize your neck and help you with posture.

 

End Note

 

Although neck pain might be extremely difficult to manage, you may reclaim your comfort and range of motion with a proper strategy. Consider that this may not be the best time to use a massage gun in action. Wellness Garden provides lots of alternatives. We provide a variety of services to meet your needs, perhaps you’re interested in reflexology or a spine health retreat, or if you prefer self-care methods like sauna therapy or light self-massage.

 

If you’re interested in practicing the aforementioned acupuncture therapy under our guidance, feel free to get in touch with us for personalized Consultations and more.

 

Continue to the Table of Contents to read about the last word from WG
Wellness Garden is your committed partner in seeking comprehensive natural and holistic therapies to address all your pain and wellness requirements. Our approach encompasses the entirety of your body, mind, and environment, integrating body, mind, and nutrition therapy and various other techniques.

 

Whether you’re facing physical or mental health concerns, life hurdles, or simply aiming to enhance your overall well-being, we’re here to provide the support you need. Get in touch with us to explore the possibilities and embark on your journey towards holistic therapy and improved healing.

End note from WG Team

Justin Anthony Neira, MD

Neurological Spine Surgeon at Och Spine, NewYork

Seeking holistic solutions for total well-being? Discover Wellness Garden, Asia’s leader in holistic pain management and natural therapies. We offer India’s top stress-reducing formulas, personalized health treatments, and lifestyle support programs. Our expert-guided programs unlock the power of natural therapies for a healthier, happier you.

Visit Wellness Garden today and explore our detailed Pain & Wellness Programs to find the perfect fit for your needs. Take charge of your well-being.

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