Thursday, January 20, 2011

How to Get Rid of a Sore Neck


Have you ever had a really sore neck that seemed almost impossible to get rid of? If you have then this article is for you! It works on 9 out of 10 sore necks.

  1. Exercise the muscles slowly. Slowly rotate your neck in a circular motion to help to stretch out the agitated muscles. This may be somewhat uncomfortable at first, but it ultimately helps to alleviate the pain.
  2. Take a shower. Let the lukewarm to hot water run over your neck for at least four or five minutes. Keep your neck straight as you do this, and do not turn it.
  3. Use a heating pad. Apply a heating pad for a couple of minutes to help to stimulate your neck.
  4. Use an IcePack. Apply an ice pack, or something from the freezer wrapped in a towel to the affected area. This can give better relief than the above.
  5. Apply balm to the sore neck.
  6. If Neck Pain is severe, a neck brace may be needed to support the neck. Only use if you feel your neck is unstable and pain is more severe. To do this at home, roll up a bath towel and wrap around your neck so that your base of your skull rests on top of the towel. Sit in a comfortable position - but if pain is severe seek help.
  7. Take a bath. Take a bath with 'radox' it soothes muscles and gets rid of pains.
  8. Get a massage. Consult with your doctor before getting a massage if the pain has been persistent for a long period. Go get a massage at your local Day Spa. Massages are costly, but shop around for good service.
  9. Sleep the right way and take naps.
  10. Apply warm cloth to affected area to relieve some pain.
  11. Relax.
TIPS
  • To prevent further cases, keep your head level when you go to sleep. Your neck usually becomes sore as a result of sleeping in an irregular position, or using an inappropriate amount of pillows, causing your neck to stretch out in an awkward manner.
  • Don't crack or pop your neck. It may bring relief at first, but it only makes it worse later on. (Consult a professional, i.e., chiropractor, osteopath or manipulative physiotherapist)
  • Support your neck with the pillow of your regular size while sleeping.
  • Take NSAID (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) such as Ibuprofen to help with pain.
  • Rubbing your neck can help the pain go away, so ask someone to rub your neck for you- it really helps.
  • When you're reading or working on the computer, make sure that keep your head straight and try not to slouch at all.
  • If all else fails, go to a medical doctor -- they may be able to tell if there is something really wrong with you.

1 comment:

  1. that always makes my neck hurt worse =( pinched nerve for the lose

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