Written By Emma Sturgis / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Neck pain can become a serious issue if not taken care of. This kind of pain occurs from injuries, muscle strains, and even just from sitting hunched over for too long. It can also be brought on by bad posture or other physical stressors that cause the muscles in the neck to stretch or pull on one another.
These types of pains are often chronic and need professional care to prevent them from worsening. Here are some tips that can help you relieve some of the pain to move more comfortably.
Stretch Out Your Neck Muscles
One of the biggest problems with neck pain is that it has become a chronic issue for most people. Chronic pain is caused by muscles that have been overstretched or damaged in some other way, causing them to spasm or contract to protect the area and make sure it isn't damaged further.
Although it is tough to break a habit of holding bad posture over the long term, stretching out problem muscles is a great way to start.
One of the best ways to stretch out those tender neck muscles that have become overstretched is through gentle massage. All you need for this treatment is a pillow and at least 10 minutes of your time, which you can use to either lie on your back or sit down in a comfortable seated position.
You can start by gently massaging the muscles in your neck through a series of small circular motions. This will help relax them and increase blood flow to the area, leading to healing.
Use a Neck Roll to Ease the Pain
Another great way to deal with neck pain is by using a specially-designed neck roll for support. These items typically come in the form of small pillows that you can use when sitting or lying down. Place the pillow at the base of your neck so that it supports your muscles and helps to ease any pain.
The purpose of these pillows is to keep the muscles supported in the area without causing you to support them on your own. This allows you to rest while still maintaining a good posture and staying comfortable, which will help you reduce any pain that might be caused by bad posture.
Use Ice Packs to Reduce Swelling
Another way to deal with swelling in your neck muscles is using ice packs. By applying cold therapy to the area, you will reduce any swelling that might have built up over time.
This will allow blood flow in the area to come back down to normal levels, which will reduce any pain and inflammation that the overuse of a muscle may have caused while it was injured or poorly positioned in some way.
Spine surgery is an excellent choice for those who suffer from neck pain constantly getting worse. This form of surgery will allow you to have your spine realigned so that the bones are straight once again.
During this process, surgeons will be able to reduce any pressure on the nerves that have been pinched or damaged due to bad posture or other factors. In many cases, this can lead to patients having more energy after the surgery and less pain since the nerve damage has been fixed.
If you are dealing with neck pain, talk to a doctor or chiropractor. They will help you find the right solutions for easing your pain.
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Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based out of Boston, Mass. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.