You’ve worked long hours at your desk, sewing machine, or workbench and now your neck either burns or refuses to move when you try to turn your head. Follow these methods for treating neck pain to find some relief.
Understand the cause of your neck pain
When a deadline draws near, parents come over for supper or kids scream, our neck muscles soak up the tension like those paper towels and the next thing we know is we’re in pain.
- We also tense our neck muscles by hunching over our desks all day. The result: Up to 50% of us suffer from pain every year.
Tension and poor posture aren’t the only causes; of course, some neck pain is the result of:
- Neurological abnormalities
- Cervical sprains
- Worn seals
- Herniated discs between the vertebrae of the neck.
The good news
The good news is that the most common neck pains, the kind that is caused by stress and poor posture, usually heals after a few days.
- As for other kinds of neck pain, new treatments may help.
In a Flemish study, 79% of patients with neck pains recovered using:
- muscle relaxants
- Some exercise.
Neck pain can be a real problem, but it’s remarkably easy to treat. No one wants to be a prisoner of pain or passive in their healing. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do yourself to cure pain.
- A seven-year international neck pains study found that your best options may be the simplest, like exercise.
- Surgery is rarely needed for neck pains. However, it is sometimes done to treat a compressed nerve root or a compressed section of the spinal cord or to replace a disc.
Either way, if a few days of rest and stretching exercises don’t relieve your neck pains, visit your doctor to see if there’s a more serious underlying cause.