Pinched neckOne of the most common ailments in America and Sioux Falls is neck pain. That pain when you wake up in the morning that makes it painful to turn you head. Sometimes it can be so bad that it simply is difficult to stand or lay down; any pressure feels terrible. This kind of neck pain is caused by one of the many intricate muscles that leaves your neck and attaches to your shoulders, back and chest.

Your neck is essentially made up of a stack of vertebrae. These vertebrae are cushioned by small discs full of liquid. And that is it. It is a very delicate structure and that structure is held into place by a series of muscles that span in all directions. They overlap each other, serve different purposes and contain different tensile strengths. If one of these muscles happens to get injured for any reason, then you’ll experience a pinched neck.

There really is no cure for this. You just have to wait for it to go away on its own. But you can speed the recovery up exponentially with a therapeutic massage. A massage can release the tense muscle, even if it is deep inside your neck. That muscle, for whatever reason, is deciding to spasm and needs relief. We at Pro Sports Massage and Spa in Sioux Fall, South Dakota, will work with those tense muscles. We will release the tension and put the muscle back to where it is supposed to be.

After receiving our massage, there are a few things you can do to speed up recovery:

• Avoid any workouts that include the injured neck muscles
• Use ice for 20 minutes at a time, several times per day
• Use gentle heat after icing, such as hot shower
• Sleep on a hard mattress without a pillow