Neck pain is probably the number one complaint I hear from clients followed closely by back pain complaints. All too often after spending a session on the client's neck problem I see them undoing the work before they even leave the office. They throw a heavy purse or computer bag on their shoulder or they are hunched over reading their emails. These are just some of the body mechanics that keep the cycle of pain going in an endless loop. Today I'm going to discuss seven keys to using proper body mechanics that will allow your neck to feel better with or without a massage.
Problem #1 – A Flexed Head Posture
Flexion is when you bend your head forward as in reading a book or working on a cell phone or typing on a computer keyboard ...(more)
Problem #2 – Head forward and Extended
This occurs when we stick our chin out and our head forward. Similar to a flexed neck posture this condition involves flexion of the lower neck (bending head forward) while extending the upper neck and head ...(more)
Problem #3 – Holding the arms out to the side and in front of you as you tend to do when working on a computer
When you hold the arms in this manner your trapezius muscles contract to stabilize your scapula ...(more)
Problem #4 – Carrying a purse or bag on your shoulder
Even if the bag is empty the natural slope of the shoulder means you have to elevate the scapula/shoulder girdle by contracting the upper trapezius ...(more)
Problem #5 Carrying a weight in our hand
Examples include carrying a computer bag, heavy purse or suitcase. Holding any weight in the hand creates a traction that pulls the shoulder girdle down toward the ground ...(more)
Problem #6 – Crimping a phone between the shoulder and ear
Crimping requires lateral flexion (bending sideways) of the neck and elevation of the shoulder girdle ...(more)
Problem #7 – Unhealthy sleep posture
The average person sleeps between six and seven hours per night. An unhealthy sleep posture can greatly add to a neck condition ...(more)
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Improve range of motion
Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow
Realign body structures
Strengthen and tone weak muscles
Prevention of pain and poor posture patterns of dysfunction created by muscle imbalance
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Poor posture can make your back ache and your shoulders tense, but it impacts other aspects of your health and well being. Hunching over can decrease your lung capacity, impair digestion, depress your mood and elevate stress hormones. Posture also affects your self confidence and the way others perceive you. Even though it seems simple, standing straight with good posture can change many aspects of your health for the better. You can go on youtube and search for some easy exercises. Of course there are many massage techniques that can help restore alignment and move those rounded shoulders and curved spine back into the correct place.
EFT - A Great Tool For Healing Unresolved Emotional Events and Treating Pain
EFT is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. Here's how you can experience this for yourself:
Learn more about EFT by visiting www.emofree.com for tutorials, videos, and much more. You'll find all the basics and be able to test drive EFT on your own issues (although at a beginner's level). If you like what you see and want to learn more give me a call. Caveat: For people who are emotionally or physically frail, qualified health professionals should be consulted before using any health procedure, including EFT.
Refer to the Tapping Chart below to tap on the correct acupuncture points. Just use two fingers and tap lightly on each point for five to seven seconds.