My neck and shoulders are the most difficult areas of my body, when it comes to pain, and muscle tension.
Many people who have fibromyalgia say the same thing.
What causes those particular pains?
Is there anything we can do to ease it?
A specific type of neck pain associated with fibromyalgia is occipital neuralgia.
It is excruciating pain that begins at the back of the neck and spreads to the scalp.
It can cause pain behind one eye and increased sensitivity to light.
Spine-health recommends regular and consistent exercise to treat neck and shoulder pain.
Starting slowly and building up over time is best. A couple of ideas for exercise are yoga and walking.
The goal is to pump blood and do something that improves flexibility and helps improve strength.
If you are confined to bed or want a gentle stretch before or after sleep, I recommend “Yoga in Bed”.
Spine-health also recommends alternative therapies such as chiropractic care, gentle massage, acupuncture, or acupressure.
Style Craze also suggests applying essential oils, apple cider vinegar, ice, or Epsom salt to the pain site.
In addition, he recommends wearing a neck brace and taking vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and vitamin D supplements.
Myotherapy is an excellent option if you are interested in massage.
Myotherapy uses a wider range of massage techniques than a typical therapeutic massage.
They focus primarily on trigger point therapy, but may also use other techniques, such as dry needling, musculoskeletal alignment, deep tissue massage, cupping, and muscle stretching, in addition to a series of rehabilitation exercises.
Neck and shoulder pain can be very frustrating and we must try to control it. We must pay close attention to our posture and the tension in our neck and shoulder muscles.
The pillow we use can also affect the level of neck and shoulder pain we experience.
Neck and shoulder pain can lead to headaches that then increase stress and overall muscle tension, and therefore more pain.