Shoulder and Neck: Rest the palm on top of the left shoulder. Press the knuckle of your thumb against the neck muscle and slowly rotate your head and neck as you do this. Switch arms and repeat. Back Pain: Place a tennis ball between your lower back and the wall and rock your body in a tiny motion, up and down or left and right. This will loosen a stiff back.
Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:
Massage seems to ease pain in several different ways. Massaging can increase blood flow to sore, stiff joints and muscles, which are warmed by the extra circulation. As reported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, animal studies have found that massage also triggers the release of natural painkillers called opioids in the brain.
Self-Massage Techniques for Fast Relief:
Self-Massage for Shoulder and Neck Pain
-Reach across your chest with your right hand, resting the palm on top of the left shoulder.
-Keep your fingers on your back and press the knuckle of your thumb against the neck muscle.
-Slowly rotate your head and neck, pressing neck muscles against the thumb knuckle.
-Keep your hand in the same place, then press into your back muscle (between your shoulder blade and spine) with your fingertips and rotate your left shoulder blade.
-Switch arms and repeat on the right side.
Self-Massage for Back Pain:
Here’s how you can ease lower back tension by doing self-massage with a tennis ball:
-Place a tennis ball between your lower back and the wall.
-Find the right spot for the ball, and rock your body in a tiny motion – up and down or left and right – to work out knots and tightness in your back.
Ease a Headache:
-Start by placing your thumbs on your cheekbones, close to your ears; gently apply pressure with your fingertips and rub the temples (the soft spot between the corner of your eye and your ear).
-Using very firm pressure and a tiny circular motion, gradually move your fingers up along your hairline until they meet in the middle of your forehead, massaging your entire forehead and scalp as you inch along.