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7 Tips to Ease Chronic Neck Pain

Many of us will experience neck pain in our lifetime. Some will feel occasional aches, after a bad sleep or a long phone call. Others will feel the nagging pain constantly: every day and every moment. These techniques can assist both acute and chronic neck pain sufferers in dealing with their symptoms.

Why Do We Experience Neck Pain?

The neck is an intricate system of muscles, tendons, cartilage, and seven tiny bones. The bones are a part of one single column: the cervical portion of the spine. The bones sit in a bed of fluid and protect the central nervous system, support the head, and allow for free movement of the head and neck.

The neck is the most vulnerable place in spinal column in terms of its risk of being compressed or pinched. One of the best ways to prevent pain in the neck is by ensuring the neck is kept straight, aligned, and supported. Here are a few ways you can take care of your neck throughout the day (and night).

1. Use ice therapy.

Therapeutic icing or cryotherapy can calm down inflamed and swollen areas of pain. Icing is an easy, drug-free way to ease mild pain quickly at home. Icing should not replace a visit to the doctor if pain is more severe.

Find the Solution:

Keep an ice-pack in your freezer for moments of sudden neck pain.

2. Properly align your spine while sitting.

Many people spend the majority of their time sitting. Sitting in the car, sitting at work, and sitting on the couch when they get home. Proper alignment of the spine can be maintained by means of a back support system. Using a back rest or cushion that is designed to align your spine will help significantly in alleviating chronic neck pain.

Find the Solution:

Use DR-HO'S Perfectback Rest or a similar back support system on the chairs you most frequently sit in.

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3. Take more magnesium.

Muscle strain can cause mild to severe neck pain. Increasing your magnesium intake helps in the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Magnesium is found in fruits, vegetables, beans, soy products, and whole grains.

Find the Solution:

Take a multivitamin to ensure you are getting all of your required vitamins and minerals like Magnesium.

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4. Use a memory foam pillow.

A pillow that contours for neck pain can maintain proper spinal alignment, prevent neck pain, and alleviate stiffness. People often blame their mattress when they wake up in pain, but a pillow could be the source of the pain.

Find the Solution:

Browse the top rated pillows for neck pain and select the pillow that best suits your needs.

5. Stay hydrated.

A lesser known cause of neck pain is dehydration. The vertebrae in your spine have discs between them that require water to maintain proper alignment and ease pressure on the spine. Staying hydrated can help maintain this alignment and ease neck pain.

Find the Solution:

Bring a reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go to remind you to stay hydrated throughout the day.

6. Try neck traction therapy.

Neck traction involves stretching out the neck muscles and alleviating pressure that the weight of the head causes the neck and shoulders. Neck traction devices can improve circulation, reduce tension headaches, increase range of motion, and improve posture.

Find the Solution:

Use DR-HO'S Neck Comforter or a similar device, to engage in neck traction therapy at home.

7. Use a hands-free device with your phone.

Talking on the phone can contribute to severe neck pain when an unnatural and awkward angle is maintained for an extended period of time. Often, we catch ourselves tilting our necks and cradling our phone between our ear and our shoulder.

Find the Solution:

Invest in a Bluetooth wireless device or use your headphones during calls.

 

To learn more about neck pain, visit our Neck and Shoulder Pain page.

Don't Settle for Chronic Neck Pain

Don't settle for neck pain. Curb distracting neck pain with these easy tips. If neck pain is severe and persistent, make sure to visit your doctor to check for potential medical injuries or strained muscles. Check out DR-HO'S pain-relief products to find more neck pain solutions.

Sources:

  1. Burke, Stephanie. 9 Lesser-Known Tips for Easing Neck Pain. Spine-Health. Retrieved from http://www.spine-health.com/blog/9-lesser-known-tips-easing-neck-pain
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