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My name is Jason Dawson and if you have chronic back pain, I'm glad that you've found my blog. After an accident, I suffered with back pain for several years until I started visiting a chiropractor. I could tell a difference in the severity of my back pain after only a few treatments. I continued seeing the chiropractor on a regular basis and today my back pain is gone. When I had excruciating back pain, I couldn't enjoy any physical activities and some days I could barely walk. I'm writing this blog so that I can help others who have back pain. In my blog you'll learn about chiropractors and how they can help you. You'll also learn some things that you can do at home that will lessen the pain in your back.

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5 Ways Massage Therapy Reverses Tech Neck

by Nandy Dannenberg

Tech neck is quickly becoming one of the more common muscle and neck injuries as more and more people spend hours on their computers or phone. Your head is heavy, so tilting it down to look at a phone for long hours affects the muscles in a negative way. Fortunately, tech neck can be reversed.

1. Prevent Muscle Atrophy

Hunching forward over a computer keyboard or phone screen will eventually cause some muscles to weaken and atrophy because they are no longer being used to hold your head upright and spine in alignment. When you do eventually look up, pain and muscle discomfort ensues as these out-of-work muscles are suddenly called back into duty. So you hunch over to reduce discomfort, which just further weakens the muscle. A massage can loosen the muscles so you can work them without as much pain, thus preventing atrophy.

2. Improve Blood Circulation

Hunching over doesn't just over-extend some muscle and punch up others. Your circulatory system can also become pinched and constricted, which means more pain as muscles aren't oxygenated as effectively. Massages will loosen up the muscles and help put an end to the constriction. Improved blood flow will further help ease discomfort, making it easier to maintain good posture. 

3. Release Compressed Nerves

Tight neck and shoulder muscles can pinch nerves and increase the pain you feel as a result. It's also not just the muscles in these regions that can tighten up and pinch a nerve. Tech neck affects a whole system of muscles in the neck, upper back, shoulders, pectoral, and even upper arm region. Trapped nerves can cause both dull, throbbing pain and acute localized pain, as well as numbness in the hands and arms. Massage helps loosen the muscles and releases the nerves.

4. Align Spinal Posture 

Straightening the spine out and improving muscle tone in the affected region must be done in order to correct the posture and prevent future cases of tech neck. A massage can be used to help loosen and work weak muscles that help with posture. If your masseuse is trained in chiropractic care or alignment procedures, they may also perform some re-alignment techniques on the spine to help straighten your posture. 

5. Regain Motion Range

Certain muscles may become so tight that your range of motion is severely limited. For example, it may be impossible to put your shoulders flat against the floor when lying on your back because of tech neck tightening. Some people lose the range of motion in their shoulders so they can no longer lift their arms all the way. Massage is a gentle way of working the muscles to regain lost motion. 

Contact a massage therapist to learn more about reversing tech neck.