Welcome back to our short blog series, How Can I Relieve Neck Pain at Home? Neck pain is a condition that can range from a mild, nagging, temporary ache to severe and debilitating chronic pain that lasts for months. As your Top Rated Local® chiropractor in Littleton, we offer a number of treatments that can relieve neck pain and improve nerve function, but there are also many healing techniques you can incorporate into your daily routine to reduce neck pain. In part one of this series, we looked at the following self-care methods for relieving neck pain, whether you’re at home, at work, or on the go:
- Cold therapy to relieve inflammation and pain
- Practicing daily neck and shoulder stretches to ease tension and improve flexibility
- Soak in a bath infused with Epsom salt and/or essential oils like lavender and peppermint
Today, we will explore a few more ways you can relieve neck pain and discomfort at home, which can enhance the chiropractic treatments you receive with us at Arne Wellness Center. Ready to schedule your next chiropractic adjustment, massage, or acupuncture treatment? Contact your Top Rated Local® chiropractor in Littleton to arrange an appointment.
Relieve Neck Pain With These Natural Therapies
Make Time To Decompress
Sometimes, stress can cause the muscles in your neck, shoulders, and upper back to tense up. When this happens, your shoulders can often become scrunched up to your ears, which can cause discomfort and stiffness in your neck. Finding healthy ways to relax and decompress from the stresses of the day can relieve your neck pain. Make time in your daily schedule to practice self-care techniques to help you de-stress and relax. This can be something as simple as enjoying a relaxing album with your eyes closed while taking deep breaths, taking a brisk 20-30 minute walk, or going to yoga class. The goal is to find calmness and stillness to clear your head of any stressors that may be causing tension in your neck and shoulders.
Be Mindful When Using Digital Devices
It’s quite a challenge to avoid using digital devices that often cause us to hold a terrible posture. Therefore, being mindful of your body mechanics when using these devices can save your neck. When talking on the phone, avoid holding the phone between your ear and shoulder and opt instead for a hands-free method. When scrolling through your favorite social media platform on your phone or tablet, don’t fall into the trap of hanging your head in an awkward position, which can cause pain. When using the computer at home or at work, practice good ergonomics to ensure you hold a good posture.
Use a Good Neck Support
Neck supports are good reminders to practice good posture. If you plan to travel, have to drive a long distance to work, or find your shoulders constantly squished up under your ears while working at the computer, a good neck support can help you practice good posture. Additionally, using a good pillow can support your neck while you sleep at night. Make sure you find a pillow that is designed for your sleeping position (back sleeper or side sleeper), and always avoid sleeping on your stomach.
Visit Your Local Chiropractor
Maintaining regular chiropractic care can help reduce neck pain while keeping your spine aligned to prevent worsening neck pain. What’s more, your chiropractor can recommend neck stretches, exercises, and other methods for not only keeping neck pain at bay, but preventing it from returning. Contact Arne Wellness Center to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor in Littleton and experience the benefits of a healthy spine.