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Muscles of the Neck and Shoulders





Maureen Abson Presents Healing Massage Techniques for the Neck Muscles. 


The neck is a complex and multidirectional part of the body. 

It is made up of 7 cervical vertebrae (C1-C7) connected with muscles and ligaments, intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers, and within this a complex system of nerves.  The complexity of the neck's anatomy makes it incredible versatile in how it can move but also leaves it susceptible to injury.



 Neck Pain Treatment




Dr Jonathan Kuttner explains the potential dangers of manipulative adjustments and how neck pain and stiffness can typically be addressed with other massage and manual therapy techniques.








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Scraping, a manual, ancient practice where pain points are worked with a gua sha (smooth-edged tool), reportedly increases blood flow by up to 400 per cent more than foam rolling and massage guns. By breaking up old, damaged blood vessels to promote new growth and healing, these tools are useful for getting into the nooks and crannies of a pain point, especially in delicate areas like along the shin muscles and under the foot.

Tim Tian has taken the scraper idea and supercharged it, creating a manual, triangular tool that blends heat and vibration therapy. “Cold blades stiffen muscles, blocking a deep release,” he says.

The heated scraper device takes just three seconds to reach 50ºC. This helps muscles soften, making it easier to massage away tension, increase blood flow and promote healing. The scraper is specially great for alleviating delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in the quads, and provides a relaxing switch-up from the foam roller slog.