Neck pain is one of the most common complaints of people seeking chiropractic treatment. While chiropractic care is an effective option for many people dealing with chronic ache, there are other simple steps you can take to combat neck pain in between adjustments. Most don’t cost anything and can make a significant impact on your overall comfort. If you’re suffering from neck pain, consider:
As you’re probably already aware, approximately 60% of the human body is water. For the discs between the vertebrae in your spine, this ratio is even higher. Each disc is about 80% water at birth and decreases as you age. Proper hydration helps prevent these discs from degenerating and compressing, which also reduces neck pain.
2. Watch Your Phone Use
Modern living brings modern health considerations. Case in point: “Text Neck” is an actual condition that can have a serious, negative impact on our bodies. Without even realizing it, you may be straining your neck every time you use your phone. If you cradle your phone between your ear and your shoulder or spend more than a few minutes a day craning your neck down to text or use other apps, you’re putting strain on your spine and neck. To prevent this, consider using a hands-free device such as Bluetooth, hold your phone higher and more in line with your natural head position, and take frequent breaks.
3. Find the Right Chair
Proper posture helps prevent and control neck pain. Find a chair with a comfortable headrest to help keep your spine in a neutral position. Also, whenever possible, use the headrest in your car or favorite reclining chair.
4. Ice Therapy
Putting ice on your neck can help, but many people don’t realize that their pain actually stems from a strain someplace else on their body. If your neck pain is accompanied by headaches, numbness, or tingling, using ice in other areas can be helpful. Some patients with neck pain have found relief using ice on shoulders, lower back, between the thumb and forefinger, on the forehead, and behind ears.
5. Add Magnesium to Your Diet
Neck pain is frequently the result of strain or injury. Magnesium helps muscles contract and relax more easily and can help prevent strains. You can increase your magnesium intake through certain foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It can also be absorbed through your skin by soaking in Epsom salts or taken as a supplement. As with any nutritional changes, you may want to consult your doctor before adding supplements or oils.
6. Use a Water Pillow
The right firmness and thickness of your pillow can always greatly relieve neck pain. If traditional neck pillows aren’t effective, you may want to consider a water pillow to help relieve neck tension. A water pillow allows users to easily add or remove fluid to create the perfect pillow for your body’s needs every night.
Are you suffering from neck pain? Contact our office to speak with a licensed chiropractor today.