You have a stiff neck, you can’t turn your head from side to side, maybe you have a headache or shoulder pain or jaw pain to go along with it, and all you want is relief. Without even thinking about it, you may reach for the pain relievers. But a few hours later, your neck pain is back.
To get neck pain relief that lasts, you have to look at the underlying causes of neck pain rather than just treating the symptoms. Luckily, there’s an approach that’s all natural and doesn’t rely on drugs to mask the symptoms.
What Causes neck pain?
Neck problems are not often caused by one single incident, but by a collection of factors such as improper sitting, poor work and living habits and lack of appropriate exercise. Worry or fear can cause us to clench our shoulder and neck muscles, toxins in our food and environment can affect the nervous system and muscle tone, and poor posture or sleeping funny can strain the neck. Some neck problems are obviously due to trauma such as whiplash or sports injuries.
Your head weighs about the same amount as a bowling ball (roughly 12 pounds) – and it’s balanced on the top of your seven neck bones. If you balanced the bowling ball on the tips of your fingers all day, your fingers, hand and probably your whole arm would be sore! Now you know what your neck has to contend with. When these stresses cause the structures of the neck to deviate even slightly from their normal positioning, they can interfere with nerve function and pain, stiffness and immobility are the result.
Dangers of Drugs for neck pain Treatment
Regularly taking some of the most popular painkillers on the market [paracetamol, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen six or seven days per week over a two-year period] is linked to a much greater risk of stroke and heart attack from higher blood pressure, according to research from a large American study.
Powerful drugs can numb your nervous system so the pain doesn’t register. While these approaches may be convenient, they can cause adverse effects and kidney or liver damage. Worse, they don’t correct the underlying cause of the neck pain.
How to Relieve neck pain Naturally
- Towel Therapy – Roll a bath towel, place around your neck like a scarf, use to support the weight of your head and relieve the pain in your neck muscles, can often reduce a headache after a car accident. (cross the long ends of the towel over each other so your neck is fully supported)
- ICE – Use soft or crushed ice. Place a damp washcloth on your skin (skin feels the warmth from the cloth, the ice penetrates right through it) and place ice over it. Leave for no more than 15 minutes.
- Massage to tight neck muscles
- Neck exercises to encourage improved movement
- Neck strengthening exercises
- Contoured Neck pillow to provide correct neck support while sleeping.
- Chiropractic Care:
Chiropractic care is an approach that adjusts the spine and joints to relieve neck pain. The Chiropractic adjustments can remove nerve interference and correct mechanical dysfunction in the neck (cervical spine). The gentle adjustments along with neck stretches and strengthening exercises helps to decrease and eliminate the neck pain.
Chiropractic care is widely recognised as one of the safest, drug-free, surgery-free therapies available for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other musculoskeletalconditions.
Chiropractic care involves the restoration of the central nervous system via the alignment of the spine. Spinal misalignments create interference to the communication of the central nervous system. By correcting these subluxations (spine misalignments), normal central nervous system function and communication can be restored, allowing for the body’s innate healing potential to function properly. Restoring health and healing and reduction and/or elimination of the neck pain.