Top 7 Ways to Massage That Kink in Your Neck

Top 7 Ways to Massage That Kink in Your Neck

Did you know 80% of the population experience neck pain at least once during their lifetime? And 50% of those people experience it annually. But what causes neck pain? There are many factors that contribute to this condition, some you may not even realize. Everything from your sleep position, height of your computer and even texting (“text neck”) could lead to serious neck injury.

Massage is one of the top ways to treat neck and back injury. Helpful tools like the KorePulse massage ball can be used in your home, office or on the go. But what kind of massage works best for you? You can try different massages and techniques at home with household items to work out that kink in your neck. Here are a few favorites:

  • 1. Towel Method

    Use a spare towel at home to relieve unwanted neck pain by rolling it up and down your neck. This is the perfect tool for a head and neck massager without having to leave your home. It can also be used for your upper and lower back if needed. Follow these simple steps for instant relief:

    1. Find a soft towel and twist it diagonally to form a long rope.
    2. Firmly place it behind your neck, holding each end.
    3. Gently roll the towel up and down your neck and back, focusing on the areas that need the most attention.

    To enhance your massage, you can heat up or cool your towel depending on your injury. If the pain is recent, a cool towel will work best. Try placing your towel in the fridge or freezer for 30 minutes. If your pain is recurring, you can use a heated towel by placing it in the microwave for 30 seconds.

  • 2. Tennis Balls

    Now you can use your tennis balls off the court too! If you’re looking for a precision massage, tennis balls will do the trick. They fit perfectly in your hand and can reach pretty much any spot on your body. Simply roll the tennis ball on the area that needs the most attention. Many people like this technique because it works as a neck shoulder massager without feeling too hard or rough. You have complete control over the pressure and tension.

  • 3. Pressure Points

    Not many people believe in “alternative medicine”. The holistic approach to curing aches and pains is not practiced by many, but if it is something you are interested in, there are a few pressure points that you may want to consider. Using reflexology and acupressure, you can target areas in your neck and shoulder all through your hand.

    By gently massaging the outer edge of your hand, just below the pinky finger, you are targeting your shoulder. To stimulate your neck, gently massage your inner thumb pads. Some people believe this feels like a back neck massager, while others don’t feel much of a difference. But why not give it a try the next time you feel neck pain? You have nothing to lose.

  • 4. Massage Chair

    If you like watching late night TV, you’ve probably seen an infomercial or two about massage chairs. Some of these chairs range up to $5000 or more. Maybe this isn’t a realistic purchase for you, but they are definitely relaxing! You can even choose what kind of massage you want and how long.

    There are of course other alternatives to a neck back massager without going over budget. You can purchase back and neck massage chair seat covers that fit comfortably over any chair. These are great to take on the go and cost much less. It’s like having your own personal masseuse at work.

  • 5. Stretch

    Most of us underestimate the power of a good stretch. Sometimes we go straight into a vigorous workout without giving our bodies and muscles the time to warm up. If you’re feeling tight in your neck and back, stretching first thing in the morning is a great way to get your body feeling loose and limber. Try these quick stretches when your feel you need to loosen up:

    (1) Gently rotate your head in a circular motion. Rotate clockwise a few times and counterclockwise immediately after. Do not rotate your head too fast or you might injure your neck even more.
    (2) Place your right hand over your head and hold down the left side of your head. Hold for 20-30 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.
    (3) Raise your shoulders up and down and gently rotate them forwards and backwards. Repeat as many times as necessary.
  • 6. DIY Massage

    Have you ever tried massaging yourself? It could be difficult to learn how to massage you own neck, but if you are limber enough, massaging yourself is something you can do anywhere you go. The easiest way to do this is to use each hand on the opposite shoulder.

    Gently grip your shoulder and try to rub out any knots or kinks you may feel. If you have a handheld neck massager, you could also use this to target certain areas. You can try massage balls, use oils, or other creams used to treat tight muscles.

  • 7. Vibration Therapy

    Have you ever heard of vibration therapy? Many professional athletes and therapists turn to this technique because it accelerates recovery, its safe, and it can be done anywhere. You can try massage balls like the KorePulse massage ball to treat any area on your body. Tools like this apply vibration while you use it to gently massage out any kinks on your neck, shoulders and back for up to 50 minutes.

    If you tried, but still do not know how to give a neck massage to yourself, try vibration therapy. These tools can target any part of your body and are gentle on sore muscles. If you want to focus on your back, try placing the massage ball on the floor or wall and rolling over the area until you feel relief.

    If you’ve tried everything…

    You may want to consult your doctor or other specialist. Neck and back pain is not something to take lightly. Changing your habits and staying active are good preventatives, but if there is a more serious issue you may not know about, listen to your body and ask a professional for their advice.