Home Treatments for a Neck Ache

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Neck Health | 0 comments

Home Treatments for a Neck Ache

Poor posture and sleeping habits can affect spinal health, especially your neck. No one likes a crick in their neck making it hard to stand, carry things, or generally move around. These home treatments for neck ache may help.  If not, you may want to check out the AccuraScope Facebook for further consulting on your back and neck pain.

Alternating Hot and Cold

A neck ache is usually the result of a pinched nerve or tight muscle from poor posture. One of the most non-invasive methods to getting the ache to let up is with alternating hot and cold. Set a hot pad on the sore area for 15 min. to help relieve pain and relax the muscles. Alternate with a cold pack for 15 min. to help reduce swelling that may be causing pain and stiffness. Do this for as long as required until your pain eases. back-massage

Gentle Massage

A gentle massage can also help to loosen tight muscles and encourage the flow of blood to the neck. It may be difficult to apply massage to your own neck. However, you can have a friend or partner astonished the sore spot gently for a few minutes. Another option is to use a back massager or vibrator to soothe aching muscles.

Over-the-Counter Medications

You can get affect of relief for minor neck aches with over-the-counter medications. A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory is most effective at treating muscle aches and nerve pain. Such medications include;

  • ibuprofen,
  • acetaminophen, and
  • aspirin.

You can, of course, search for your favorite brand names, but generic medications work just as well. Neck pain that does not ease with home remedies and over-the-counter medications may require stronger prescription medications. Your doctor may even suggest a spinal procedure, such as an adjustment, to help treat the underlying cause.

Relax a Few Minutes

Finally, consider listening to what your body is telling you. A neck ache is an indicator that you’re pushing yourself too far and trying to do too much work. Take a few minutes to relax. Have a lie down on a supportive mattress and pillow for 15 to 20 minutes. This may help tight muscles loosen and even realign your spine a bit. Neck aches pop up at inconvenient times, usually when you first wake up in the morning or when you’re trying to do some work. However, home treatments may be all that is needed to soothe that neck ache so you can get back to living life.

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