How to Use Massage to Relieve Neck Tension from Stress
Neck tension from stress is common but massage and stretching can help provide relief.
Alleviating Neck Tension with Massage
Poor posture, sleeping in strained positions, long drives, asthma and working long hours on a computer are common causes of stress neck tension. But you can alleviate the tension with massage.
How to massage your neck:
Tightened chest muscles play a major factor and should be stretched out before massage. Put a rolled-up towel under top of the back (between L1, L2 vertebrae) and stretch back with your head, lying there for 5-10 minutes. Then use a massager on the back of the neck, paying particular attention to the crevice at the base of the skull, before finishing with the sides of the neck.
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Rest and/or active recovery: First of all, ease into workouts. If you haven’t been working out on a regular basis, going full throttle right away, particularly with consecutive-day workouts, is going to result and aching muscles.
Hydration is Key
Hydrate: Drinking water during and after exercise helps the body rid itself of toxins, while fighting off dehydration, which can result in painful muscles and excruciating muscle cramps.
Proper nutrition: Protein sources are necessary to rebuild muscle tissue and fuel the function of various cells, tissues and enzymes. Carbohydrates are vital, as well.