You might be wondering, “Does the Chirp Wheel work for neck and shoulder pain?” That’s a wonderful question. Let’s dive right in. The short answer: yes. Here’s why (aka the long answer).
What causes neck and shoulder pain?
Most common neck and shoulder pain comes from poor posture, working at a desk or standing for too long without changing position, sleeping in the wrong position, or jerking your neck suddenly. Neck and shoulder pain come in these instances because of muscle stiffness, tension, or knots in your neck and shoulders. Using the Chirp Wheel to help relieve this tension can work wonders for your neck and shoulder pain, often providing immediate relief. Neck and shoulder pain can also stem from injuries, such as car accidents, falls, sports, or any other activity that strains neck and shoulder muscles. Other types of neck and shoulder pain come from different types of arthritis. With these issues, many people have found relief from this type of pain with the Chirp Wheel as well; however, we recommend asking your doctor before hopping on the wheel right after an injury or other accident.
When to see a doctor about your neck or shoulder pain
If your symptoms of neck and shoulder pain continue for longer than one week, it’s a good idea to ask your doctor about your pain. You should also ask your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms:
- Severe neck pain (If you’ve been in an accident, see a doctor as soon as you can. If your severe pain seems to have no explanation, see a doctor.)
- A lump in your neck
- A fever
- A headache
- Swollen glands
- Nausea or vomiting
- Trouble swallowing or breathing
- Numbness or tingling
- Pain that radiates down your arms or legs
- Inability to touch your chin to your chest
- Inability to move your limbs
Neck and shoulder pain treatments
If you have severe issues with neck or shoulder pain beyond muscle soreness, your doctor can help you treat it. Otherwise, there are a few simple solutions you can try with the Chirp Wheel.
Fast fact: What is the Chirp Wheel? The Chirp Wheel is a back roller shaped like a wheel that helps relieve muscle tension through myofascial release or massage. It features a spinal canal, a groove in the middle of the wheel, to keep your spine safe from unwanted pressure. It is also 5” wide so it fits perfectly between your shoulder blades and is able to reach deep muscle knots surrounding your spine. It comes in three different sizes so you can pick how much pressure you need.
Roll out on the Chirp Wheel. Rolling out on the Chirp Wheel frequently can help relieve muscle tension throughout your back, neck, and shoulders. The wheels come in three sizes: 12” Gentle, 10” Firm, and 6” Deep Tissue. If you want a softer massage, start out with the biggest wheel and work your way down to the smaller wheels. The wheels have ½” thick compression sensitive padding that is comfortable for your back. They also feature a spinal canal, a groove in the center of the wheel, which is a nice snug spot to keep your spine safe from unwanted pressure and helps provide you with a 4-way stretch to dig deeper into the muscles surrounding your spine.
Use the 6” wheel as a posture corrector. Because poor posture is one of the most common causes of tension in your neck and shoulders, using the 6” Chirp Wheel in the small of your back while sitting in a chair at your desk can help reduce that pain and train you to practice better posture. You can also keep the wheels with you at work and roll out whenever you feel tension in your neck and shoulders or back.
The people have spoken. Here are a few reviews that show how the Chirp Wheel helped them find relief from neck and shoulder pain:
Mayo Clinic. (2021). Neck pain. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20375581
Pietrangelo, A. (2020, April 22). Neck pain: possible causes and how to treat it. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/symptom/neck-pain#treatment