A Pain In The Neck: 6 Ways To Stop Neck Pain

We use the muscles in our neck more often than we think. Everything from driving to turning around to talk to someone can become uncomfortable. If you’ve been experiencing an ache in your neck, here are the steps you should take to eliminate the pain.

A Pain In The Neck: 6 Ways To Stop Neck Pain
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Visit a doctor

In the case of an injury such as whiplash from a car accident or sport, your first action should always be to see a doctor just in case there’s any spinal damage. Such injuries may hide themselves at first, but ignoring could cause a serious problem later. Your local GP should be able to book you in to get some x-rays. They will also know which drugs to prescribe, whether you should wear a neck brace and be able to advise you on which activities to abstain from.

Change your bedding

A bad neck may require firmer support as you sleep. It could be better for you to buy an orthopaedic pillow or sleep without a pillow at all. You may also want to buy a firmer mattress to support your spine. You can find a range of orthopedic bedding at sites like www.Dunelm.com.

Get to stretching

Stretches can often help to relieve a stiff or sore neck. Sites such as www.Self.com detail some of the best stretches for the neck. Be advised that you probably shouldn’t try any heavy stretches straight after a neck injury. A doctor or chiropractor should be able to recommend the best stretches for you.

Use hot and cold treatments

The use of heat and cold can be good for our neck muscles. Generally speaking, cold treatments are best suited for injuries within the first 48 hours. An effective cold treatment is placing an ice pack or a frozen bag of peas on the neck for fifteen minutes every three hours, which will reduce initial inflammation. After this period, muscles are likely to tighten up and heat treatment should be used to help loosen them. This could include holding a heated towel on your neck for a few minutes each day or taking a warm bath. Heat treatments are particularly effective for those with long-standing neck pain.

See a chiropractor

Chiropractors specialize in releasing tension and easing pain in the body through bodily manipulation. They can give massages, recommend stretches and encourage sleeping and sitting positions to ease the pain. By searching online for companies such as www.familychiroplus.com you should be able to find a local chiropractor service for you. Chiropractors can be used not just for neck pain, but back pain, joint pain, headaches, earache and hip pain.

Consider acupuncture

Acupuncture in an ancient Chinese medicine that involves inserting tiny needles in the body. These needles target nerve clusters and pressure points, easing pain and tightness. While it may sound like a scary process, acupuncture is perfectly safe and uses needles that are so thin they that they don’t even leave a mark. You’ll find many holistic therapy centers that offer this service – make sure you always go with someone qualified.

Other holistic treatments

There are lots of other non-medical treatments that could be worth trying out. A regular massage from a non-chiropractor could still be worth paying for as it is likely to release the tension in the muscles, even if it isn’t targeting specific muscles. Acupressure meanwhile is a technique much like acupuncture only using the fingerprints instead of needles (better suited for needlephobes!).

There are also many herbal treatments out there such as capsaicin cream, devil’s claw and white willow bark. Sites such as www.HappyBodyStore.com offer a selection of herbal remedies for neck pain that could be worth trying out. As these remedies are holistic, do not expect them to always work as well as medically-proved over-the-counter drugs.

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