The neck is one of the most vital parts of the body as it is constantly moving and adjusting as you go about the day. Without it, you can’t move your head from left to right, up or down, and you wouldn’t be able to do any of the tasks that many of us take for granted on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, the neck is fragile, and anything from a sports injury to just simply sleeping on it wrong can cause severe discomfort and pain that throws you off your routine and impacts everything you do and how you do it. So it’s imperative to take care of your neck, to support it when laying down and to do your best to avoid a high impact injury. If you do end up experiencing neck pain, there is treatment that can help alleviate the pain and hopefully get rid of it:
Get a massage
Either you can massage your neck, or you can visit a local spa for one, both can have a positive impact on how you’re feeling. As long as this pain is not the result a serious injury, and is instead the result of stress, or exhaustion, rubbing your neck can not only ease the physical pain you’ve been experiencing, but also can help relieve emotional factors through the meridian points and act as a release from the stress and tension you’re experiencing.
Apply a warm and cold compress
Whether it’s a warm shower or a heating pad, applying heat can help alleviate pain, especially if it’s due to muscle strain. Apply the heat on and off throughout the day. Be sure to alternate between applying heat and cold. Icing your neck can be the most beneficial, and after just 20 minutes you can notice a significant difference in your discomfort.
It’s important to work through the pain, even though it might be extremely uncomfortable. If you stop moving, your neck can stiffen up and cause the pain to get worse. Even if you are stuck at a desk all day, stretch your neck a few times an hour, gently moving it from left to right and up and down.
Visit Arrow Physical Therapy
Physical therapy can be extremely beneficial to persistent neck pain. At Arrow Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey, the team of trained professionals can work with you to create a treatment plan specific to your pain that will help lessen your discomfort, relax muscles and help you get to where you can hopefully live free of pain. Contact Arrow Physical Therapy today to set up an appointment.