About a 70% of people experience neck pain once in their life. It is problematic and very frustrating to carry out your daily routine with a pain in the neck. A neck strain or sprain usually occurs and heals on its own. It can occur due to a number of reasons:
- Overstretching of the neck ligaments, tendons and muscles due to poor posture or sitting in an awkward position for too long.
- Injury due to accidents from cars and bikes or sports injuries. The sudden jerk causes a whiplash effect on muscles and you get a neck pain.
- When you lift something heavy and your neck muscles are not capable of balancing that much of weight.
- When you start a new physical activity like a new sport or new workout, your neck experiences excess strain.
- Doing the same movement again and again
- Sleeping wrong
Getting a neck pain is really common because it has to carry the weight of the head in the first place which is not light in itself to begin with.
Natural ways to treat the neck pain are:
- Acupuncture helps a great deal in treatment of pains. In this procedure, thin needles are inserted to the pressure points on the body to get rid of body pain. There are about 2000 pressure points on the body.
- Your pillow matters a lot as it is responsible for your sleeping position. A very high stack of pillow should be avoided. Sleep either on your back or on your side and use a feather or foam pillow which can align with the shape of your neck. Also try to sleep on your side while keeping your spine straight.
- You can try water aerobics as it is very effective in increasing your body motion without putting excess strain on muscles. You may also try soaking in a warm bath of Epsom salts. Epsom salt has magnesium which helps in reducing inflammation.
- Applying ice packs
- Stay hydrated to maintain water level in your spine
- Simple stretching exercises or yoga poses can help ease neck pain and make more space in your neck for oxygen.
- Getting your neck and nearby muscles of head, shoulders and ear massaged also helps.
- If none of the above remedies are working for you, you need a professional chiropractor’s help. They manually adjust your spine and make your pain go away.