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Lavetor Scapulae Trigger Point Pressure Release by Jesse Anoraj, Neuromuscular Therapist

Expert neck pain relief through specialized massage in Los Angeles.

Massage Specialist for Neck Pain  

Are you experiencing discomfort that feels like a pinched nerve in your neck? Are you searching for a specialist to help with your neck pain? Look no further. At Artisan Neuromuscular & Sports Therapy, we specialize in treating trigger points and neck injuries, a common cause of neck pain. Our myofascial trigger point massage has been proven to be a highly effective treatment for headaches and neck-shoulder pain. So whether you've woken up with neck pain, can't move your head, or have pain radiating between your shoulder blades, a Neuromuscular Therapist can help!

Prevalence and Nature of Neck and Shoulder Pain

If you are experiencing neck pain, you are not alone. This common pain problem can have a significant impact on your daily life and can be caused by a variety of factors. Poor and static prolonged posture, stress, fear, lack of physical movement, and a sedentary lifestyle can all contribute to discomfort and tension in the neck. Muscle injuries and myofascial pain syndrome can also be culprits. Myofascial pain syndrome affects many people, with estimates suggesting that around 85% of individuals will experience it at some point in their lives. However, this number may be inaccurate due to underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis. In addition, it can be challenging to identify myofascial pain syndrome because it can happen as other problems, such as headaches and neck and shoulder pain. Myofascial Pain Syndrome, also known as Trigger Point.

What is  the Common Causes of Neck Pain?

Understanding the sources of neck pain, such as pinched nerves and trigger points, is crucial. Trigger points, deep nodules within tight muscle bands, often radiate pain in a specific pattern not explained by a neurological examination. They are a common cause of neck pain, and Neuromuscular Therapy or Trigger Point Massage has proven highly effective for headaches and neck-shoulder pain.

Neck Massage Specialist's Role in Pain Relief

Only a skilled neck massage specialist can significantly relieve pain from a pinched nerve in the neck by reducing muscle tension and inflammation. Seeking the best massage therapist near you for neck pain can make a significant difference in managing discomfort and improving your quality of life. If you're dealing with long-term neck pain, it's important to consult a specialist to determine the best approach for your specific needs. They can help you develop a personalized treatment plan that may include a combination of Neuromuscular Therapy, stretching exercises, and other self-care practices. Check out Jesse Anoraj's bio - Trigger Point Specialist.  Book a massage treatment with me today!

Image of the Sternocleidomastoid Trigger Point Pressure Release by Jesse Anoraj, a Neuromuscular Therapist. The best massage for neck pain and headache relief in LA. Experience Jesse's expertise in trigger point therapy, alleviating discomfort and tension in the sternocleidomastoid muscle for improved neck mobility and reduced headaches

Neuromuscular Massage: Proven for Neck Pain Relief

Neuromuscular Manual Therapy is an excellent therapeutic massage solution for neck pain patients. This non-invasive and non-pharmacological technique gets to the root of the problem by manipulating deep soft tissues. By breaking the spasm cycle and releasing tight band connective tissue near nerve junctions and the muscle fibers, also known as trigger points, pain and discomfort can be effectively relieved. Skilled therapists utilize pressure and neuromuscular massage techniques to address nerves and muscular imbalances and reduce muscle and connective tissue tension through the parasympathetic system (rest and digest). This can reduce neck pain and improve mobility and flexibility, making you feel safe to move the neck again.

Recent Research on Neck Pain Treatment

A 2024 study published in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy compared the effectiveness of dry needling combined with exercise versus manual therapy combined with exercise for mechanical neck pain. The results indicated that manual therapy combined with exercise significantly improved neck pain and disability over dry needling combined with exercise at both 2 weeks and 3 months post-treatment. Both treatments were safe and beneficial, but manual therapy showed superior long-term benefits.

Best massage for tight neck and shoulder muscles?

Several deep-tissue massage techniques can combine to help relieve neck pain from Trigger points, whiplash, and pinched nerves. These include Swedish massage, sports massage, myofascial release, and lymphatic facilitation contrast hot and cold therapy. These techniques can help loosen tight muscles, release tension, create a positive feel-good, and improve mobility.

General Information

General information is provided for every muscle listed and is intended to educate the general population on the pain that arises from the muscular system. This information is not intended to provide medical advice or replace a licensed physician's advice.

Neck pain spreading to shoulder blades: Trigger points and more.

Trigger points, or sensitivity deep dull achy between and near nerve junction and muscle tissue areas, often contribute to neck pain. These points can cause pain in the neck and other areas, even if the trigger point is in a different location. Other causes of neck pain can include Scalene, Levator Scapulae, Semispinalis Capitis, and Cervical Facet Joint Syndrome, each causing different pain patterns and movement restrictions.

Scalene Trigger Points

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These trigger points can produce a complex, deep, and persistent pain pattern affecting various areas, from the upper chest to the thumb side of the hand. This can lead to unexpected hand and arm weakness, and the pain location may change from day to day

Levator Scapulae Trigger Points

These trigger points cause different types of pain, from a painful vice-like grip around the head, focused on the eye to pain and soreness at the base of the skull and neck. Movements like dropping the head downwards or looking up and back may become difficult

Semispinalis Capitis and Cervicis Trigger Points

These trigger points cause different types of pain, from a painful vice-like grip around the head, focused on the eye, to pain and soreness at the base of the skull and neck. Movements like dropping the head downwards or looking up and back may become difficult

Understanding referred pain & shoulder blade pain in upper back is important.

The pain from trigger points differs from the referred pain experienced during conditions like appendicitis or a heart attack. Pressing on a trigger point for five to six seconds can activate a 'referred pain map,' causing the pain to spread or reproduce your symptoms in different body parts. These points can cause sensations like deep, dull, and achy spasms, often referring to unlikely areas of your body.

Identifying Cervical Facet Joint and Whiplash

Cervical Facet Joint Syndrome and whiplash are severe conditions that require medical attention.

Cervical Facet Joint Syndrome

This condition refers to pain caused by wear and tear or injury to the small joints in the cervical spine. It can lead to stiffness, headaches, neck pain, chronic pain in the neck, upper back, shoulder blade, and restricted neck movement.

Picture of Cervical Facet Joint Syndrome Pain Referral Pattern. Illustration of the common areas of pain and discomfort associated with cervical facet joint syndrome. Understanding the pain referral pattern can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of this neck condition

Whiplash / Neck Strain

Whiplash is a type of neck injury that can occur as a result of a sudden and forceful movement of the head and neck, such as in a car crash, sports accident, or physical assault. It is caused by the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the neck, which can result in strain or sprain of the neck muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues. Whiplash can also result in nerve damage, herniated discs, and other spinal injuries. These symptoms may occur immediately following the injury or develop gradually. In some cases, symptoms may not appear for several hours or even days after the injury. It is important to seek medical attention if you have been involved in an accident and experience any of these symptoms.

Whiplash or neck strain is an injury that occurs to the neck as a result of a sudden, forceful movement, such as being hit from behind in a car accident. It can cause damage to the muscles, ligaments, and bones in the neck, leading to symptoms such as neck pain, headaches, dizziness, and difficulty moving the neck. Treatment may include physical therapy, pain medication, hot or cold therapy, and rest. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the damage.

When to Consult a Licensed Physician or Specialist 

If you're experiencing pain, it's important to remember that massage therapy can effectively manage it. However, if your pain is severe, unusual, or doesn't go away, it's crucial to seek advice from a licensed physician. Pain is often a warning sign that something may be wrong; you can't sleep or disturb your sleep and fatigue, so getting checked out is important if it's causing discomfort. For long-term neck pain, it's advisable to consult a specialist who can recommend a personalized treatment plan that may include Neuromuscular Therapy, stretching exercises, and other self-care practices.

To ensure the best possible outcome, taking things slowly, listening to your body, and staying hydrated before and after a massage is important. If your pain is severe, unusual, or persistent, it's important to seek medical attention from a licensed physician, as it could be a sign of a more serious underlying condition.

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Are you tired of experiencing neck pain? Schedule an appointment today, and we'll help alleviate your discomfort. Our goal is to assist you in recuperating and overcoming pain and stiffness. A neck pain specialist possesses the expertise and knowledge to provide individualized treatment for neck pain. They understand the intricate structure of the neck and can develop personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific requirements. Whether you're dealing with chronic neck pain or a recent injury, a neck pain specialist can help you find relief and enhance your quality of life. Don't let neck pain hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest. With Neuromuscular Manual Therapy, you can effectively manage your neck pain and enhance your quality of life. If you're searching for a neck massage therapist in Los Angeles, we recommend checking out top-rated Artisan Neuromuscular & Sports Therapy reviews at 8000 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

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