Mobilizing the Neck

Did you know that the neck is more mobile than the rest of the spine? It also bears the burden of supporting the entire weight of the head.
It bears this burden gracefully, but tension in the shoulders can actually shorten the neck and limit range of motion. If the head is jarred at a force of 15mph or more, whiplash will occur. This can leave the neck ill-affected in its entirety, from the top where it meets the base of the skull, to the middle of its curve, to the bottom where it meets the chest. It can actually take many years for the neck to fully recover from the trauma caused by whiplash.
Treatment to relieve muscular tension may alleviate most discomfort and pressure, but where the joints have become stiff, mobilization is required. Mobilization provides a deeper, painless release of tension. Familiarize yourself with the neck mobilization technique and its sequence, so you may become adept with the steps. This will help you perform a neck massage with ease
1 Support the head. Ask the client to move toward the top of the massage table until the head and neck extend beyond it. This request does not endanger the client, but allows the client to establish trust in the therapist’s judgement.
2 Gently check the initial range of motion. This will be used as the benchmark for improvement.
3 Implement the best modality or technique to render results.

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