How to Massage for Pinched Nerves

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A pinched nerve, in the neck, back or shoulder area, can be extremely painful. It can cause posture problems and makes it difficult to sleep. Painkillers and heat packs can alleviate the pain temporarily, but massage can help work out the constriction so that the muscles and tendons can return to their normal state. If you're suffering from a pinched nerve, learn how to treat your condition with massage.

Things You'll Need

  • Massage oil
  • Soothing music
  • Relaxing room

How to Massage for Pinched Nerves

  • Set the mood. Put on some soothing music to settle down and relax. Natural relaxation will help you to slowly reduce tension in the muscles, so that they will become more responsive to the massage.

  • Begin the massage session. Use massage lotion to gently knead the muscles around the pinched nerve area with your forefingers.

  • Add intensity to the massage. Deepen the massage by applying more pressure to each area, pressing down firmly around the nerve.

  • Apply pressure around the nerve. Steadily increase pressure until the nerve begins to contract and then release quickly. This will help to loosen the muscles and can release the knots causing the pinched nerve.

  • Finish the session with a light massage and finger tapping. Slowly knead the treatment area with your knuckles and fingers to soothe and release tension.

  • Repeat as necessary until the nerve is lax and no longer hurts.

Tips & Warnings

  • If pain persists for several days after the massage, consult with a chiropractor or physician.
  • Use massage tools and kneading devices for a firmer, stronger massage session.
  • Stop the massage immediately if you feel throbbing pain

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