Do you suffer from neck pain? A few weeks ago the weather changed and all of a sudden I had a horrible nagging pain in my neck and middle of my back. I have dealt with some off and on pain in my neck since my car accident in 1998. This is the same car accident that has caused lots of problems in my low back that led to having surgery in December of 2015. I wanted to share with you some tips on how to deal with neck pain without using medication.
Disclosure: I received a Easy @ Home Electronic TENS Pulse Massager for free. All opinions are 100% my own.
When the pain was unbearable, I reached for my ice pack and grabbed a comfortable pillow. Then I laid down on my pillow and put the ice pack on the back of my neck for about 15 minutes. When I got up, I noticed a huge difference in the way I felt. It didn’t take all of my pain away but it helped take the edge off. Ice helps reduce inflammation and also helps stop muscle spasms.
The heating pad also helps warm the joints in your neck so that it is easier to move. Do use caution when using heat for prolonged periods of time because it increases your chances of getting burns.
A tens unit is a great tool to have around especially if you suffer from chronic pain. It is a small machine that has 4 electrodes that attach to the unit. The unit sends small electrical pulse signals to your muscles to help them relax. Plus, it helps temporarily interrupt the pain signals that your muscles are sending to your brain. Most physical therapy offices use a similar unit for roughly 10 minutes. If you are unsure, how long to use it for your neck pain ask your doctor or physical therapist. Please read the full instructions prior to using the Easy @ Home Electronic TENS Pulse Massager. TENS units are a safe and effective OTC treatment for chronic pain. The unit can be used several times a day as needed.
Please read the full instructions prior to using the Easy @ Home Electronic TENS Pulse Massager. TENS units are a safe and effective OTC treatment for chronic pain. The unit can be used on your neck, shoulder, waist, back, arm, leg, and more. It uses 4 AAA batteries, 4 electrode pads, leads, tens unit which resembles a television remote, and instruction manual. I love the huge LCD display so that it is easy to read. The TENs unit that I had previously was hard to read because the LCD display wasn’t backed with the blue light. I also love that it has a 1-year money back guarantee too. Select from You can purchase the Easy @ Home Electronic TENS Pulse Massager here.
Another effective way to reduce neck pain is to get a massage. This is perfect for various body pains like tension headaches, back pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, neck pain and surgery-related discomfort. According to experts, massages provides more than relaxation. Massage therapy is known to boost the amount of endorphins and serotonin which is the body’s natural mood regulator, painkiller, as well as, helps reduce stress hormones.
Acupuncture is a good option for various types of pain including neck pain, migraines, chronic back pain, osteoarthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and tension headaches. It has been practiced since ancient times especially in the far east. This practice inserts tiny needles into specific points and parts of the body. It is believed to correct energy imbalances known as chi or qi inside the body. According to pain management health experts, although there is yet to be a scientific explanation on the effects of acupuncture. Yet, numerous research still shares that it is effective in helping curb pain.
Topical Analgesics are great for temporarily relieving pain. You can use it for sore muscles, joints, and painful arthritis. Do make sure that you follow the directions on the bottle or tube before using.
If you go see a doctor for your neck pain, they usually order x-rays to determine your treatment options. Then they order physical therapy. It will hurt and your muscles or joints might get angry. I am currently going through this process now and it is tough when you hurt.
A good chiropractor can help relieve neck pain especially if your spine is out of alignment. Some offices offer free x-rays and consultation for free, which is a great way to help determine if you have any major damage to the vertebra in your neck. Then based upon the findings from the x-rays the chiropractor will help you determine what type of treatment that you need.
Neck pain can be frustrating and leave you feeling miserable. Try these tips and tricks to help relieve your neck pain naturally.