If you are experiencing neck pain due to stress-induced muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, or minimally involved neck arthritis, follow these techniques to use the body massager properly and safely.
Problems in the spinal column in the neck area typically show up as severe muscle spasms from the side of the neck up to the tip of the shoulder, with the most sensitive areas only a couple of inches away from the spinal column.
However, on the back of the head there is an area that most therapists choose to concentrate on, a tender spot called the occipital ridge where several of the neck muscles attach.
When massaging the occipital area, use a gentle low number setting and massage directly below the occipital. When the muscles attached to the occiput are tight and in spasm, you can get “occipital headaches” (commonly known as tension headaches) which are felt all over the top of the head.
The best technique is to massage the trigger points of the neck muscles and the occipital ridge.
This can be done several times a day for 10-15 minutes at a time until you find relief and comfort.