What I learned studying about
muscles, on a series from one of the top therapist in the US is this. Oh, sorry, I can't remember his name by the way. To bad the series wasn't on why my memory stinks, but anyhow, its this, and it really applies to neck muscle pain.
Muscles are by nature designed to handle being tight. We aren't talking spasm tight, just tight. They can take allot of tension before they cause pain.
What muscles are not designed to handle is being tight and overstretched at the same time. Being tight and over stretched causes severe pain.
Every muscle has a opposing muscle. The opposing muscle is usualy the problem.
If your neck, in this case, is hurting on the right side muscle, it is tight and overstretched because the left side, opposing muscle, is tight, but not overstretched, and pulling on the sore side of it allot.
If your right side hurts and you stretch it, it may seem like a temporary relief, but your probably stretching a already over stretched muscle and your making it worse. Do it enough and soon you won't be able to turn your head away from that muscle.
Stretching is good. Overstretching is bad, and if the muscle is already acheing, its probably overstretching.
If your hurting on the right side, stretch the left side muscle, so it goes back to its normal, relaxed length and it quits pulling on the right side. Hurting on the left side, stretch the right side muscle. Turn your head toward the pain and hold the stretch in that direction.
This applies to the whole body. You stretch into the direction of the pain, not away from it.
On neck pain, turning the head toward the pain, the direction its not hurting to turn and stretch, and applying heat for temporary relief, and massage, and avoiding as much as possible turning your head in the painful direction until it heals up will help it heal as fast as its going to heal.
If you can lay your hands on one of those ****zu neck massagers, those help allot, especialy using them right before you go to bed. Wal-Mart used to carry them for 15 or 20 bucks around Christmas. Anyhow, the massage things you lay your whole head in and the rollers work your neck muscles over. If you take your time with them, move your head around and work as much of those neck muscles as you can before you go to bed, your next day will be allot better.
LOL, okay, so how does one spell S h i a t z u without it thinking I am cussing.
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Post Edited (Grailhunter) : 12/24/2008 2:19:03 PM (GMT-7)