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Shoulder Massage

Self-Massage the Shoulder Pain

Who doesn’t enjoy a good massage every now and again?

The truth is that apart from being wonderfully relaxing, massage can also help to reduce shoulder pain and provide many other health benefits as well.

If you don’t have someone available to give you a good massage then you can learn to do this for yourself and still achieve excellent benefits.

The Benefits of Massage Therapy for Shoulder Pain

Massage therapy provides many benefits for shoulder pain.

Firstly, massage helps to relieve stress which may be aggravating or contributing to the shoulder pain.

Massage also helps to increase the range of motion and the circulation to the area which in turn helps to speed up the healing process.

Self-Massage Technique for Shoulder Pain

It is a good idea to get a professional to teach you a self-massage technique that you can do on yourself at home.

As a basic guideline you can begin by massaging the small band of muscles at the base of your skull, then grab and squeeze your trapezius muscles, then pull and knead the muscles around the top of your shoulder blade, base of your neck and on your back.

End off by kneading first the one side of your neck and then the other.

When Should You Not Use Self-Massage

If you have been to your osteopath, doctor or specialist and discovered that your shoulder pain is due to inflammation of the joint then it is not advised to self-massage.

It is therefore also not a good idea to self-massage until the pain has been accurately diagnosed.  

How Often Can I Self-Massage?

After speaking to your therapist or doctor to ensure that you are able to massage your shoulders there really is no limit to how often you can do it – you can do it as often as you like.

Massage is a completely natural therapy and, except in very rare circumstances, has no negative side effects.

Start slowly and gently and gradually add pressure as you feel able to cope with it.

Self-massage is not only wonderfully relaxing but also very beneficial for your health and in relieving shoulder pain.

Before starting a self-massage routine though speak to your doctor, osteopath or other therapist to ensure that there is no joint inflammation that would make it inadvisable for you to do so.

You may also want to get their advice first on how best to massage your shoulders. There are also a number of self-massage courses and books on the internet.

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