If you’ve ever had an onset of neck pain, you know how it feels: one minute you’re fine, and a moment later you start seeing stars and you can’t even move your head. It seems nothing can save you from this torture but a good massage, and you’d give the world to get one. If there’s no one near you to give you this relief, don’t get upset — you can do it yourself! And the best part of it is that you’ll only need your hands and a towel.
Here we’ve picked a few self-massage techniques for neck pain relief, and we hope you can find the one that helps you best. And don’t miss our bonus point with neck stretches that can boost the self-massage effect!
1. Towel massage
A towel massage can help you unlock the tight muscles of your neck and bring back mobility. At the same time, a towel is soft and won’t let you apply too much pressure on your neck and harm it.
• Put the towel behind your neck. Take the left end of the towel with your right hand and pull it down along your chest. Take the right end of the towel with your left hand and pull it up and to the left along your forehead so that your head turns to the left following the towel as shown in the picture above. Make several movements, turning your head to the left and releasing the pressure. Repeat on the other side. Make sure you’re not pulling the towel too forcefully and don’t make sharp movements. See this video for detailed instructions.
• Put the towel behind your neck. Pull the towel forward with both of your hands, applying light pressure on your neck. Slowly turn your head to the left and hold this position for a few seconds. Slowly turn your head to the right and hold this position for a few seconds. Keep pulling the towel forward while you do the turns as shown in this video. Make sure you’re not pulling the towel too forcefully and don’t make any sharp movements.
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