Neck stiff, beware of a little known condition you could potentially develop!


Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)Do you sometimes experience ringing in your ear or it could be a mysterious, swishing, hissing , buzzing. The sound can last a few minutes comes and goes but doesn’t completely go away? Nobody else hears it and it’s not coming from anything else around you, why are you the only one hearing it?

It could be a condition called Tinnitus it’s not a disease but a symptom of an underlying condition and more of a nuisance than a serious problem but according to the mayo clinic 1 out of 5 people suffer from it.

One of my clients presented with this problem and I wondered how many of you know this can happen or maybe it already has and this can finally answer your questions as to why you are hearing this noise.

So what are the underlying conditions that cause it, age related hearing loss, ear injury, exposure to loud noise, TMJ disorder, head and neck injuries (stiff untreated neck muscles). In many cases the exact cause may never be found but If you can identify the cause treating it helps.

What to do to prevent it or diminish it? Very simple,  massage the muscles of your neck, having neck muscles that are  too tight can be the main cause of this condition especially the muscle that runs from right behind your ear to your clavicle at the base of your neck.

The best thing to do is schedule an appointment with a massage therapist that is trained and specializes in treating the underlying cause of your neck muscles being too tight. But, in the mean time the following is 2 steps for self massage,  I hope it’s helpful. Feel free to leave a comment with your experience.

1. Gently massage the hollow pockets between the ear lobes and the jaw line for a few minutes a day.

2. The muscle that runs from right behind your ear to your clavicle at the base of your neck, by applying gentle pressure to this muscle or stretching “GENTLY” this muscle, you will get immediate relief.

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