Get quick relief for that pain in the neck
Having neck pain can turn a simple move of the head into a moment of sheer agony. It’s a common ailment; according to the National Institutes of Health Statistics, neck pain is one of the top three most suffered instances of pain, behind conditions such as lower back pain and migraines/severe headaches.
Common culprits behind neck pain include:
- Poor pillow support while sleeping; sleeping at a bad angle
- Sitting too long in a position that involves holding your head forward (such as reading, working on the computer or watching TV)
- Spending prolonged periods of time with your head propped up by your fist or arm
In addition, injuries, as well as medical conditions such as meningitis, the flu and rheumatoid arthritis, are often common causes of neck pain.
Below are a few tips to help bring quick relief to a stiff neck:
- Ice and heat packs – an ice pack, held at the sore spot for a period of 15-20 minutes, can help soothe inflamed muscles. Ice packs are typically applied on newer injuries, while heat packs are commonly used for chronic inflammation to help relax muscles and prevent spasms.
- Massage – for a self-massage, reach your hand back and knead your neck in an up-and-down motion. In addition, professional massage sessions, from 30 to 60 minutes several times a week, can help alleviate chronic neck issues.
- Stretching – targeted stretching exercises can also help to quickly relieve neck pain. In general, stretching is a great way to improve flexibility and release muscle tension. A quick and simple exercise to try is slowly rotating your neck in a circular motion. In addition, here are a few exercises to try at work, developed particularly for neck pain sufferers.
If your neck pain symptoms persist, including numbness and severe headaches, consider visiting your doctor for a checkup.