Neck pain can have any number of causes. Poor posture, awkward sleeping positions and stress are all very common reasons that people get neck pain. Knowing how to fix neck pain for yourself can improve your overall quality of life.
Use a Homemade Ice Compress
Ice can help reduce inflammation if you have a neck injury. To make your own ice compress, dampen a towel, wring it out, and place it in your freezer just long enough to get stiff and cold (about a quarter of an hour). Remove the ice compress and place it on the back of the neck as needed.
Make an Aromatherapy Heat Compress
Put warm water in a bowl and then mix a few drops of essential oils of your choosing into the water. Fold the washcloth and soak it in the water, then wring it out and use it over the back of the neck at the end of the day. This heat compress can relieve tension and muscle ache.
Support Your Spine During Sleep
Sleeping on your back will help keep your spine in its most natural position. If you want to sleep on your side, choose a shaped pillow that will rise up under your neck to support your spine.
Improve Your Workstation
Keep your spine in a neutral position throughout the day. Raise your monitor up to eye-level, so your head is never looking down on the screen. Raise or lower your chair so that your thighs are kept at a perfect 90 degree angle to your calves when sitting. If your feet won't sit flat on the floor, use a supportive foot rest to keep your feet flat while you sit.
Do Relaxation Exercises
Stress is a common cause of neck pain, because stress can cause the muscles to become tense and strained throughout the day. Once or twice per day, or whenever you feel stress, try this exercise:
For more ideas about ways that you can reduce your neck pain, speak with an experienced chiropractor. He or she can show you exercises that you can do in your home and suggest lifestyle changes that can help you reduce neck pain.Share