A pain in the neck can be more disabling that people who have never suffered it realize. It can mean there are everyday tasks that you cannot do yourself, like having a shower and getting dressed. It certainly can make it impossible to go to work or to drive.
Sometimes, painkillers are not enough to reduce the pain you are experiencing, but there are other things you can do that may help.
Visit a Physical Therapist
Some neck pains, such as those caused by whiplash, can last just a few weeks. But what if you have been suffering for months and nothing you try is helping? It could be time to get some physical therapy because such therapists are experienced professional people with the knowledge to identify where the pain is coming from and to help you with exercises that can ease the trauma causing the pain. They can also teach you how to prevent the problem from reoccurring.
Some neck pain sufferers benefit from swimming. It seems that if you cannot swim you should get in the pool and make sure the water covers your neck area. Moving your body backward and forwards and then left to right can be as useful as actually swimming around the pool.
Try not to sit or lie around doing nothing as this will make the muscles and ligaments in your neck taut and that will make the pain worse. Gentle exercise will stop them from stiffening and can help to remedy the problem causing the pain. Just make sure you use the correct form, or you risk making things worse!
Acupuncture can provide varying degrees of relief, but if you are in severe pain it is well worth a try. Some people find that coupling it with massage of the affected area makes it more successful in relieving the pain.
Other symptoms can accompany pains in the neck such as headaches and nausea. Some people use ice therapy to help relieve these by putting ice behind their ears or on the indent between the eyebrows. This might sound a bit far-fetched, but some people swear by the pain relief ice can give.
Water pillows are good because they let you dictate their firmness just by increasing or decreasing the amount of water in them. There are lots of different shapes and sizes available, and you just need to find the one that eases your neck pain the most.
Increase Your Magnesium Intake
Magnesium acts as an anti-inflammatory and as most pains in the neck are caused by muscle strain or sprain, this can be very helpful. As your muscles start to relax, the pain will lessen, Magnesium can be found in everyday foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. It can also be absorbed through the skin by taking a bath in Epsom salts or something similar.
If you have suffered pain in your neck for several weeks, you will probably start to feel depressed as well as uncomfortable, so the sooner you try some of the treatments the better.
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