How to Treat Neck Pain?

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I personally can’t take it a minute longer when sitting in front of the computer trying to get all my articles done for my deadline and BAM! a neck pain strikes! So for sakes of those of you who, like me, have had a neck pain or could be proned to have one, here is how to treat a neck pain.

They are commonly cause by the tension of the neck muscles for a prolonged period of time that could be due to stress.  Other activities that lead to this type of pain are repeated or sudden movements of the neck.

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To treat this pain that could be acute or chronic here is a small list of things that I have found to be helpful:

  • First, try reducing the amount of stress you might be feeling at the moment, create a relaxing environment and take a break from any source of tension that could be causing this.
  • Hot/Cold Therapy: Applying ice packs and alternating with hot packs for 15 minutes every 2 to 3 hours, can help reduce the pain as part of the most common at-home treatments. Also alternating one of those sessions with a warm shower, letting the stream of water fall directly on your neck.
  • Massage and or manipulation can be done by a practitioner, physical therapist or a chiropractor.
  • For those chronic neck pains, antidepressants may be prescribed by your doctor, however it is important to keep an eye on the prescribed amount as some might become addictive.
  • Other over the counter medications can help alleviate any inflammation and cause of this affection. Drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen with anti-inflammatory features and naproxen, all can help provide relief for this acute pain.
  • Getting back to your normal activities in little time helps strengthen your muscles.
  • Do soft and smooth stretching exercises to prevent any stiffness and keep it flexible.
  • As strange as it may seem, smoking could be the major cause of this discomfort, so maybe try quitting… it bad for you anyways so to quit smoking is a win-win situation in the end.
  • Orthopedic supports and braces are often recommended to help the healing process be done faster.
  • While your next starts feeling better, avoid doing any heavy lifting.
  • Specialized gels such as Biofreeze are created to lessen any inflammation and provide a fast solution for this pain. For this mode of application the best biofreeze products are the roll-on and the hand-free applicators are recommended by the manufacturer.

Prevention plays a big part on avoiding discomforts such as a neck pain from hitting you again. The most important part on how to treat a neck pain is to do so promptly since a short acute pain could become chronic.

Also it is important to remind you that I am no doctor or specialist, therefore the relevance of checking with your practitioner before doing any of these pain relief techniques.

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