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A Registered Massage Therapist in Langley Can Heal Your Neck Pain

Why do I have neck pain when I wake up from sleeping? It’s a question our team of chiropractors and registered massage therapists in Langley hear frequently at Lifeforce Proactive Health Centre in Langley. Our registered massage therapists are experienced in using massage for various issues and provide a wide range of techniques to fit your needs including sports massages, deep tissue massages, myofascial release techniques, pre- and post-natal massages, Swedish massages, and more.

According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, “neck pain is a common problem with many possible causes. Poor posture, hunching over a computer, arthritis, whiplash, and muscle strain from simple things like reading in bed or grinding your teeth can all trigger neck pain. Your neck is part of your spine, which runs from the base of your skull to the bottom of your back. Keeping your back safe and strong also protects your neck.”

In rare cases, neck pain can be a sign of something serious. Seek immediate medical attention if your neck pain is accompanied by severe headache, shooting pain in your shoulder or arm, numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands, trouble speaking, swallowing or walking, blurred vision or loss of balance.

Neck pain can be caused by trauma, inflammation, and even repetitive stress on related structures. In fact, among repetitive stress injuries (RSIs), neck and shoulder pain were most common at 25 percent. While most people who suffer from neck pain are not limited in their activities, one in 10 Canadians do experience some limitations.

According to Harvard Health Publications, the media and publishing division of the Harvard Medical School of Harvard University, two sleeping positions are easiest on the neck: on your side or on your back. If you sleep on your back, choose a rounded pillow to support the natural curve of your neck, with a flatter pillow cushioning your head. If you sleep on your side, keep your spine straight by using a pillow that is higher under your neck than your head. Sleeping on your stomach is tough on your spine because the back is arched and your neck is turned to the side.

Here are some additional tips provided by our registered massage therapists in Langley for side- and back-sleepers:

  • Avoid using too high or stiff a pillow, which keeps your neck flexed overnight and can result in morning pain and stiffness.
  • Try using a feather pillow, which easily conforms to the shape of your neck. However, feather pillows will collapse over time and should be replaced every year or two. Another option is a traditionally shaped pillow with "memory foam" that conforms to the contour of your head and neck.
  • When you are riding in a plane, train, or car, or even just reclining to watch TV, a properly sized horseshoe-shaped pillow can support your neck and prevent your head from dropping to one side if you doze.

Contact a Registered Massage Therapist in Langley

The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative has a number of valuable resources for patients suffering from neck pain. For more information on massage and its benefits, please visit the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia. To know if massage therapy is right for you, contact Lifeforce Proactive Health Centre to book a consultation with one of our registered massage therapists in Langley at 604-530-6227 today. Lifeforce Proactive Health Centre in Langley is located at 4041 – 200th Street with parking is available behind the building.
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