Neck pain can be the result of injuries such as the large muscle strains, herniated cervical disc, incorrect body positions, worn joints, or some other disease and nerve compression.
How many times have you had trouble with painful and stiff neck? When conventional non-surgical treatments such as anti-inflammatory drugs, chiropractic, targeted exercises or even surgery does not provide effective aid, patients become more creative and often come up with some simple techniques.
Here are some:
Use water pillow
Some patients praise the refreshing effects of the water cushions that allow easy determination of strength of the pillows – more water for a firmer pillow, less water gives a softer pillow. Various water pillows are available in the market, choose which one suits you.
Consider supplements of melatonin as a sleep aid
Even the best pillow can’t help when the pain in the neck is connected with insomnia. There are various supplements that stimulate the hormone melatonin (which is the highest at bedtime) and that helped many to overcome insomnia. This supplement helps to achieve the much needed quality of restful sleep, which promotes the healing process. Of course, when considering supplements, it is important to do research and talk to an expert about the benefits and risks involved.
Focus on the intake of magnesium
Many cases of cervical pain are the result of efforts of muscles or stretching. Consider the additional intake of magnesium with the help of foods in the diet or magnesium supplements. Magnesium is an essential mineral that helps muscles stretch and relax, a supplement that can help you avoid pain in the neck muscles.
Avoid situations that cause pain in the neck
Try to avoid activities such as prolonged sitting at the computer, long drive, heavy lifting and other activities that require a lot of use of the hands. If you cannot limit some of these activities, try to change them.
Strategically put ice on different parts of the body
Some recommend putting ice in different parts of the body; between the thumb and index finger, the bone behind the ear of 1.5-2 cm on the forehead between the eyebrows and the like. To achieve relief, in order to keep the ice in place, you can use a headband.