How to Get Rid of Neck Pain?
“This job is a pain in the neck” may be more than just a saying. Tension on the job or at home, tasks that require a lot of leaning over a work surface, poor posture, and even a too-soft mattress can cause neck pain and stiffness. Of course, some neck pain is the result of injury or disease, but the vast majority of neck pain is due to simple muscle tension. Sometimes neck pain is worsened that you may feel the pain radiates down your shoulders and into your arms, tingling in the fingers and arms and lost strength, making it impossible to do normal things like opening a door.
The neck, with its intricate structure and wide range of mobility, is particularly vulnerable to stress and strain. The head, which weighs between 4 and 10 Kilograms, is supported by a stack of seven small bones called vertebrae and held in place by 32 complex muscles.
Pain located in the neck is a common medical condition. Neck pain can come from a number of disorders and diseases and can involve any of the tissues in the neck. Examples of common conditions causing neck pain are degenerative disc disease, neck strain, neck injury such as in whiplash, a herniated disc, or a pinched nerve. Neck pain can come from common infections, such as virus infection of the throat, leading to lymph node (gland) swelling and neck pain. Neck pain can also come from rare infections, such as tuberculosis of the neck, infection of the spine bones in the neck (osteomyelitis and septic discitis), and meningitis (often accompanied by neck stiffness). Neck pain can also come from conditions directly affecting the muscles of the neck, such as fibromyalgia and polymyalgia rheumatica. Neck pain is also referred to as cervical pain.
What are other symptoms that are associated with neck pain?
Neck pain is commonly associated with dull aching. Sometimes pain in the neck is worsened with movement of the neck or turning the head. Other symptoms associated with some forms of neck pain include numbness, tingling, tenderness, sharp shooting pain, fullness, difficulty swallowing, pulsations, swishing sounds in the head, dizziness or light headedness, and lymph node (gland) swelling.
Neck pain can also be associated with headache, facial pain, shoulder pain, and arm numbness or tingling (upper extremity paresthesias).
These associated symptoms are often a result of nerves becoming pinched in the neck. Depending on the condition, sometimes neck pain is accompanied by upper back and/or lower back pain, as is common in inflammation of the spine from ankylosing spondylitis.
What is the treatment for neck pain? What are home remedies for neck pain?
The treatment of neck pain depends on its precise cause. Natural treatment options are mostly preferred as its noninvasive and have no side effects. At Li’s Natural Healthcare Clinic, we help our patients recover from accidental and chronic neck pain conditions by performing re-alignment manipulation, spinal treatment, acupuncture and herbal prescriptions as well as take-home exercises.
- Use a heating pad on a low or medium setting for 15 to 20 minutes every 2 or 3 hours.
- Take a warm shower in place of one session with the heating pad.
Get moving, but carefully
- Ease back into your normal daily activities as soon as you can. Movement helps your muscles stay strong.
- Avoid activities such as lifting and sports that make pain and stiffness worse.
- Do stretching and strengthening exercises to keep your neck flexible and strong and prevent stiffness.
- Avoid or change any activities that may be causing your neck pain, such as sitting for a long time at the computer or doing too much overhead work at a time.
- Gently massage or rub the area to relieve pain and encourage blood flow. Don’t massage the injured area if it causes pain, leave it to the professionals.
- Practice good health habits – Try to reduce stress and tension at work and home, Stop smoking. Smoking slows healing because it decreases blood supply and delays tissue repair.
- Exercise regularly, including aerobic exercise such as walking.