Your neck has the important role of holding up your head and helping you look around to observe your surroundings. When pain decides to grip your neck, it can suddenly become difficult to look around or perform daily tasks. This kind of neck pain is common with overuse or poor posture.
Fortunately, many cases of neck pain are minor and will go away after a few days of rest and care. If you’re experiencing neck pain due to overuse or poor posture, you should use the following methods to help manage pain while your neck heals:
- Apply ice — Icing your neck can help reduce inflammation and assist in managing pain. For effective treatment, you should apply a cold pack to your neck two or three times a day for 15-minute periods for a couple of days.
- Apply heat — It’s important to not apply heat too soon after noticing pain because it can exacerbate inflammation. After a couple of days of icing, you can begin to apply heat. This should help provide some additional comfort for your neck while recovering.
- Stretch your neck — Your neck muscles can become tight and tense because of poor posture or stressful activity. If you do some simple neck stretches periodically throughout the day, you may experience a reduction of pain.
- Practice proper posture — Standing, sitting or sleeping with poor posture is one of the top causes of neck pain. Correcting your posture can help reduce pain and help prevent it from recurring in the future.
What do you do with more serious neck pain?
Some cases of neck pain are too severe or long-lasting to be treated by at-home remedies. This kind of neck pain requires medical assistance.
If your neck pain is extreme or chronic, you should get help from a physical therapist. At Arrow Physical Therapy in Woodbridge, NJ, our team is experienced in treating neck pain and many other musculoskeletal conditions.
During a visit with Arrow Physical Therapy, you can expect personal attention and care in developing an individualized treatment to help you meet your recovery goals and experience a better quality of life.
Would you like to speak with one of our physical therapists about finding a treatment for your neck pain? Contact us today to schedule your appointment and begin your road to recovery with physical therapy.
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