9 Secrets for Finding Relief from Neck Pain

9 Secrets for Finding Relief from Neck Pain

What a pain in the neck! You’ve probably said that to your kids at one time or another, but what do you do when you seriously DO have a pain in the neck?

This will depend on what the root cause of your pain is.

Generally speaking, a stiff neck comes from:

Neck pain often includes a stiff neck, but not always. When it hurts to turn your head side to side or up and down, you will naturally return to a less painful position, but this is probably due to the pain and not stiffness. Of course, if this continues long enough, your neck will become stiff because you are afraid to move it!

How Did This Happen?

How did neck pain occurs

If you are rubbing your neck right now and asking yourself this question, you’ve come to the right place. Unless you were involved in some type of accident, such as a car accident or sports injury, most neck pain doesn’t happen overnight.

“What does it mean if I have a pain in my neck?” All joking aside, some of the more common reasons for neck pain include:

You should have a trained professional determine the root cause of your neck pain or stiffness. Seeing your chiropractor is one of the first steps you should take to determine the cause of your pain.

Could It Be Serious?

We understand that neck and back pain seem really scary since these areas seem to be more vulnerable than others.

The good news is that neck pain is rarely anything serious. Can neck pain be a sign of cancer? Yes, but it’s rare. Less than 1% of those reporting shooting neck pain on the left side or neck pain in general have something serious, such as cancer or a tumor.

If you are concerned that your pain in the left neck area could be an artery dissection, you should know that this affects only 2 out of every 100,000 persons. If your neck pain is unusual, persistent, and is accompanied by a severe headache, go to your hospital emergency room or call 911.

What Kind of Doctor Should I See for Neck Pain?

Your local chiropractor is your best choice for any type of neck pain. Your local chiropractor can diagnose and treat the source of your neck pain all in one location.

Chiropractors are trained specialists in the entire musculoskeletal system of the body. Their expertise in this area makes them the perfect choice when you are suffering from neck pain, whether it’s from a pinched nerve in the neck, whiplash, text neck, or whatever the cause might be.

How to Relieve Neck Pain

You never realize how much you use your neck until it starts to hurt or becomes so stiff you can barely turn your head. Everyone has the same question, “How do I get rid of neck pain?”

While a diagnosis is important, there are some things you can do to get rid of neck pain. Let’s talk about the 9 little secrets about how to relieve neck pain so you can get your life back!

9 Secrets for How to Get Rid of Neck Pain

While everyday life isn’t very kind when it comes to our necks, if you have neck pain, some of the following secrets will tell you how to get rid of neck pain.

Secret #1- Neck Pain Exercises

Before trying any exercises to get rid of neck pain, you should talk to your doctor or chiropractor to be certain that there are not other, more serious issues.

Some of the best exercises for your neck include:

Core exercises that work your back, abdomen, and butt will also help relieve neck pain. When core muscles are stronger, the neck muscles don’t have to work as hard.

Secret #2-Pillows for Neck Pain (water pillows)

If you wake up in the morning with a stiff and/or sore neck, your problem might be your pillow. The best pillows for neck pain are:

Secret #3- Best Stretches for Neck Pain

Nothing feels better for sore neck muscles than a nice stretch, but how do you do that when your neck is so stiff and sore you can barely move it? Try the following stretches.

Another great way to stretch the neck and alleviate pain is by doing stretches in a heated pool.

If you have access to a pool, you can use it to get rid of neck pain. Try the following ideas:

If you can, join a water aerobics class to help stretch your neck and keep your muscles in shape. Even plain swimming, such as doing the crawl, on a regular basis will help improve your neck muscles!

Secret #4-Yoga to Alleviate Neck Pain

Yoga to Alleviate Neck Pain

How to get rid of neck pain? Yoga has got to be one of the best answers! Practicing yoga on a regular basis will not only relieve neck pain but will prevent it from occurring in many cases. Some of the best yoga poses include:

If you are unsure about how to perform these poses or if this is your first-time trying yoga, it is a good idea to take a class or have an instructor show you how to properly perform these poses, so you get the maximum benefit from them.

Secret #5- Home Remedies for Neck Pain

While neck pain might be more common in today’s world, it’s certainly nothing new. People have been treating neck pain and stiff necks for centuries. How to relieve neck pain? We have listed some of the best home remedies below.

  1. Essential Oils. Blending a few drops of the following essential oils and massaging them into your neck and shoulders will do wonders for a stiff, sore neck. Use a teaspoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil as a base, then add a few drops of lavender oil, peppermint oil, cypress oil, and basil oil. Mix well and massage into the sore areas twice a day for best results. Basil and cypress oil have antispasmodic compounds that will relax the muscles.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar. This is an ancient home remedy for reliving neck pain. Loaded with anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants, apple cider vinegar reduces inflammation, which is a major source of pain. Simply soak a small cloth in the vinegar and wring it out. Place the cloth around your neck and leave it in place for 30-60 minutes. Repeat twice a day.
  3. Ice Therapy. Ice is another way to numb the pain as well as reduce swelling and inflammation. Use an ice pack or place some ice cubes in a small cloth. Never place ice directly on the skin. Leave in placed for 10 minutes, then remove for 15 minutes. Repeat as often as you like.
  4. Magnesium. Epsom salts aren’t actually salts but magnesium flakes. This mineral increases circulation and eases muscle tension. If you can, pour 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salts into a warm bath and soak your neck and shoulders for 30 minutes. If you don’t have access to a bath, fill a bowl with warm water and a few tablespoons of Epsom salt. Mix until dissolved, then soak a small cloth in the mixture and wring out the excess. Place the cloth around your neck for 5 or 10 minutes. Repeat until the water is cold.

Secret #6-Chiropractic Massage

Is there anything more relaxing than a massage? You probably think that massage is a nice treat or something to indulge in when you’re on vacation, but did you know that chiropractic massage is perhaps one of the best ways to get rid of, as well as prevent, neck pain?

Sometimes, neck pain is due to tightness or misalignments in the shoulders, other times, it’s text neck or strained neck muscles. Regardless of the root cause, a massage, done under the direction of your local chiropractor, can turn things around in a minute!

Your chiropractor will direct the therapist to pay attention to problem areas and suggest particular types of massage that will be most beneficial to your situation.

Massage therapy has long been known to have proven health benefits, such as stress relief, improved circulation, and much more. Chiropractic massage will reduce muscle spasms, relax tense or tight muscles, and bring welcomed pain relief without drugs.

Secret #7-Anti-Inflammatory Supplements

Inflammation is a good thing, but sometimes too much of a good thing is a bad thing. The immune system of the body uses inflammation to bring fresh blood and nutrients to a damaged area. Unfortunately, inflammation doesn’t always get the shut off signal. Chronic inflammation leads to pain and other diseases. There are a great many supplements that can help to relieve inflammation and stop the pain that goes along with it. Some of the best anti-inflammatory supplements include:

  1. Curcumin. Part of the spice, turmeric, that makes such great tasting curries is also one of the best anti-inflammatories around. This spice is also one of the best studied and has been proven in numerous research studies to lower inflammation and reduce pain symptoms.
  2. Fish Oil. One of the easiest supplements to find, fish oil has powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that also improves gut health and reduces the muscle damage that can occur after exercise.
  3. Ginger. Another spice that many people think of only as a tea to soothe upset stomachs. Two of the components in this sweet spice, zingerone and gingerol, have been shown in studies to reduce the inflammation linked to several diseases, including breast cancer.
  4. Green Tea. This natural anti-inflammatory has unique compounds, called ECGC, that help stop inflammation, even for those suffering from  rheumatoid arthritis. This special tea from Japan has numerous other benefits as well. You need to consume about 5 cups a day to get the full benefits but if drinking that much tea seems overwhelming, there are supplements to make things easier.

Of course, if you have neck pain that you want to be rid of today, supplements won’t help much as they will take a few weeks to start working, but if you have chronic neck pain due to a health condition, then these will be an advantageous way to get a leg up on neck pain.

Always speak with your doctor, chiropractor, or pharmacist before consuming any supplement, especially if you are taking prescription medication, to avoid a drug interaction.

Secret #8- Physical Therapy Modalities & Physical Rehabilitation

Neck pain responds very well to gentle exercises and stretching, all of which a physical therapist can teach you. Since chiropractic care and physical therapy go hand in hand, don’t be surprised to find physical therapy modalities at your chiropractor’s office.

If your neck pain stems from an accident, exercises can help to restore range of movement and restore neck muscles to their former levels of strength.

Neck pain that comes from poor posture or other unhealthy habits are often discovered in therapy. Your physical therapist and/or chiropractor can demonstrate correct posture and improved work habits or cell phone habits to stop neck pain from reoccurring.

Secret #9-Comprehensive Chiropractic Care

Comprehensive Chiropractic Care

Of course, you probably know about how chiropractic adjustments can put your neck and spine back into the proper position, but did you know that your chiropractor can offer you much more? What to do for neck pain? See your chiropractor sooner rather than later.

“What if I have pain in my neck and shoulder?” This is much more common than you might think and all the more reason to see your chiropractor. Shoulder pain can often pull the neck out of alignment since you will try to move your neck to compensate for your shoulder issue.

Your chiropractor will be able to see the whole picture and help alleviate both your shoulder and neck pain!

In addition to adjustments, your chiropractor can diagnose your condition and find the root cause, then make a treatment plan designed for your unique case. It might interest you to know that your chiropractor can also offer:

Chiropractors are doctors who are specialists in the entire musculoskeletal system of the body. They can perform tests and exams to determine the cause of your pain and help you find relief from neck pain without drugs or invasive surgeries.

One study found that after a few adjustments, subjects with chronic neck pain had significantly less pain and this remained true when questioned about their pain 12 weeks and even 2 years later.

Did you know that here at Better Health Alaska, we offer secrets 6,8, and 9, as well as advice for secrets 7,1, and 3?

You can make an appointment by clicking here. With 3 secrets being offered (as well as advice for 3 more) in one place, think of us as a one stop no more neck pain shop!

What have you got to lose besides your neck pain?

A Few Tips for What NOT to Do to Get Rid of Neck Pain

A Few Tips for What NOT to Do to Get Rid of Neck PainThis article is all about how to get rid of neck pain, but there is a few DON’TS that should be included here as well:

We hope that you have found this article helpful and that it has answered some of your questions regarding how to get rid of your neck pain. Please feel free to share this article with others that you think might benefit from this information.

Exercises for Neck painIf you want to find out the root cause of your neck pain, please don’t hesitate to call our clinic for a same day appointment with a qualified chiropractor.