There are a plethora of methods that can bring your neck relief from pain. Due to the fact that neck pain is a common occurrence in a majority of society, there are different reasons for the pain that might require various alternatives of healing.
The common reasons for neck pain include stress, poor posture, poor sleep as well as wrong pillow and mattress, and constant strain. Stress is one of the highest factors in chronic neck pain. Have you ever heard “I hold a lot of tension in my shoulders?” Well most people in the western world can attribute neck pain to the common stresses of everyday life including stress related to money, schedules, family, etc. There is so much we put on our life’s plates that it is difficult to find the time to regularly get that “stress off the shoulders” so it constantly builds until it becomes chronic pain. Poor posture can also put a lot of strain on the back and neck. Most people in the work force are subjected to sitting at a desk staring at a computer for the majority of hours they are awake every day. This can hurt your neck, eyes, back and wrists especially if it is the daily routine. Another huge issue related to neck pain is sleep. It is ironic that the most restorative thing you can do for your body is actually a common problem that leaves the body in pain. Many people sleep with the wrong mattress and/or pillow that is either too firm or too soft, which can make a person get sore in their neck muscles. Another problem with sleep is the position we each sleep in. For instance, if you are a stomach sleeper your neck is twisted one way or another for (hopefully) at least six or seven hours if not longer. This can cause major “cricks” or extreme muscle tightness in your neck.
In order to get the pain to go away, there are a number of measures to be taken. Obviously the most successful methods would be to stop the original cause of pain by taking care of your overall daily routines. Considering that is a drastic thing to do for most people, there are other resources that can help solve the problem once it occurs. Stretching is a really good way to relieve tension in the neck, but it can also be problematic if you over stretch or stretch incorrectly, which could cause nerve damage.
Massage is one of the best ways to relieve neck pain. Massage can bring great relief because a massage therapist can gently work out the kinks in the muscles and take care to avoid causing damage to the muscles around the spine at the same time. A massage therapist is trained and knows the different vertebrae and all the small muscle groups in the neck. They would know how to avoid hurting you even more, which is what often happens if you stretch or try to massage it yourself. Another form of massage called Acupressure can also bring relief to someone with chronic neck pain.