People with neck and shoulder issues often have their pain return before their next massage appointment. Work, play, and children all make demands on your body. A dull ache can quickly turn into a burning pain especially while working on the computer, doing yard work, folding laundry, or any of the other million things you do.
What can you do between professional massage appointments to take the edge off neck and shoulder pain? Here are some ideas.
Take a Break
Doing the same thing, like sitting at a desk, for long periods of time is hard on your body. Try taking frequent, short breaks. It’s great if you can you can get up and move around a bit. But even if you’re chained to the desk, you can rock out a little Deskercise to stay loose (and entertain your co-workers).
Get the kids into it
Have a short yoga break together! There are plenty of videos made especially for kids, and they’re great for you too.
Just 10-15 minutes of heat on your shoulders can make a huge difference in how your tissue moves and feels. You don’t need a fancy heating pad, you can DIY that. If you’re not the DIY type, I have some awesome microwaveable heat packs in the office that are perfect for this.
Give yourself a massage! Just grab a tennis ball or a red rubber ball and check out these techniques.
Choose the right pillow
You spend about a third of your time in bed, be sure it’s cozy for your neck. Trust me, it makes a big difference. The right pillow at night can help you all day.
Little changes done consistently can make a huge difference in how you feel. See you at your next appointment!