Treat Neck Pain

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Most neck pain is caused by straining the muscles or tendons in the neck and generally can be treated at home. But there are many reasons for neck pain. Neck pain caused by an accident or injury, such as whiplash from a car accident, can indicate a serious or even life-threatening injury to the spinal cord.

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Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain can be the indirect result of the aging process, resulting in degenerative disc disease. Other frequent causes of neck pain are arthritis or a pinched nerve.

Neck pain can really irritate you while trying to perform basic activities in your home, in order to get rid of neck pain there are a number of things that you can without having to go to the doctor.

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By performing simple actions at home you will be able to soothe and take care of your sore neck. Below are a number of things you can perform before having to go to a doctor in order to heal your neck pain while at home.

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Exercising your neck

By simply performing a number of exercises you can significantly help to sooth your neck pain while also stretching out the muscle in order to repair the muscle in your neck. These will not all include the need of any outside weight lifting equipment but only your participation to perform these exercises throughout the day or night. Below are a number of ways that you can exercise your neck simply back into better health for the future. (These exercises may feel uncomfortable when you start but they will in fact help you in the process of loosening up your muscles in your neck)

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    Move your neck in a back and forth motion repeatedly in order to help loosen up the muscles behind and in front of your neck.
    When performing this exercise ensure that you are doing this slowly and not quickly for this can in fact damage the muscle further in your neck. As you perform this understand that you are in fact flexing and stretching your neck muscle which will help alleviate the pain in your neck
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    Move your neck from side to side in a slow motion in order to loosen up the muscles in your neck on both sides.
    Just like with your back ad forth motion this will provide the same flexing and stretching only with the muscles on both sides of your neck.
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    Move your neck in a 180 degree angle forward allowing you to stretch your side muscles as well as your front muscles in your neck.
    Do this a couple of times in order to stretch out a bigger portion of your muscles but not fully taking the step to move or flex your whole neck portion. This is basically a warm up to the steps you will follow below.
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    Move your neck in a 180 degree motion from side to side and back in order to stretch your neck half way.
    This is the second part of your warm up before you fully rotate your neck 360 degrees.
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    Move your neck in a complete 360 degrees to stretch and flex all the muscles in your neck.
    This will provide a full rotation of your neck providing you with a full stretch and flex of your neck muscles. The reason for doing this last is because if you were to do this without stretching other parts of your neck first you could possibly strain your neck muscles.
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Medicine that you can take

When it comes to neck pain you can take over the counter medicine in order to relieve your neck pain for a short term relief. These can be purchased at any local pharmacy in order to aid you in relieving your pain. Below is a short list of medications that you can take in order to relieve your neck pains.

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    Aspirin can in fact be giving to you for short term relief (do not give to anyone under the age of 18)
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    Ibuprofen can be purchased in order to relieve neck pains
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    Acetaminophen is also a drug that you will be able to use for your neck pain
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When taking these medications be sure to take them with the instructions that are placed on the label and also to not abuse the drug. Also as stated above do not give aspirin to children under the age of 18 for this can cause brain swelling.

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Take a shower

Taking a shower can help to apply warmth to your neck which in turn can help to soothe the pain of having neck problems. In order to get the best affect from taking a shower you will indeed need to let the water run along your neck fro about 5 minutes total while in the shower. Aside from taking a shower you can take a bath in order to ensure that the affects of the warm water will work in order to loosen up the muscles in your neck to provide relief in your pain. Below are a short list of steps in order to help you during your shower/bath.

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    Do your best to not move your neck while taking your shower allowing it to rest while being warmed up by the water
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    While in the tub ensure that you are looking forward and straight in order to help allow the soaking of the water to take affect on your muscles.
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    Be sure that you are soaking in the water for an adequate amount of time in order to ensure that your neck is receiving the warm from the bath/shower
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    If available put Epsom salt in your bath to help the water to repair your strain muscles, if you can find any other bath salt to soak in then feel free to use them for they can also help to give you a soothing soak to your muscles.
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Heating Pad

Using a heating pad is a tool that you can use in order to keep warmth on your neck in order to improve the pressure in your neck. The heating pad will in fact stimulate the flow in your neck in order to relax your muscles. Applying the pack can help to give you temporary support but it will take a few times in order to relieve all of your stress in your neck.

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Ice Pack

An ice pack will help you in order to numb the pain that is in your neck in order to temporarily relieve your neck pain. In this process you can either use an ice pack or you can in fact use ice in a towel in order for you to numb the pain in your neck. Apply as much as needed whenever you are feeling neck pain in order to help aid you in relieving the pain in your neck.

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Heating Pad

Using a heating pad is a tool that you can use in order to keep warmth on your neck in order to improve the pressure in your neck. The heating pad will in fact stimulate the flow in your neck in order to relax your muscles. Applying the pack can help to give you temporary support but it will take a few times in order to relieve all of your stress in your neck.

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Ice Pack

An ice pack will help you in order to numb the pain that is in your neck in order to temporarily relieve your neck pain. In this process you can either use an ice pack or you can in fact use ice in a towel in order for you to numb the pain in your neck. Apply as much as needed whenever you are feeling neck pain in order to help aid you in relieving the pain in your neck.

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Balms

Balms can be applied to your neck in a cream like texture in order to help loosen up your muscles in order to provide relief. There a number of balms that you can apply to your neck that can be purchased at your local store in order to help provide relief. Below are a couple of types of balms that you can purchase in order to relieve your next pain.

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    Bengae can help to provide a cooling sensation to your neck without having to use a heating pad or ice pack on your neck.
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    Icy/Hot is a very popular balm that you can purchased which will cause the area that you apply it to warm up the area as well as cooling the area in order to help relieve your pain in the neck.
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    Nammam Muay can also be a balm that you can apply to your neck but this product is made in Thailand for use making it harder for some people to get in the states.
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Neck Support

IF you are having a hard time with your neck injury in order for you to help support your neck while performing you daily duties during your day. There are different things that you can purchase in order to help support your next which are listed at the below.

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    Neck pillow will give you support on your neck while you are sitting up right or laying in different position providing you with soft fur in order to give you a gentle feeling== Meningitis ==
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Meningitis is an infectious disease that can be life-threatening. The classic symptoms are:

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    Fever.
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    Headache.
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    An extremely stiff neck, so stiff that you can't touch your chin to your chest.
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    Intense muscle spasms in the neck.
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    IF YOU HAVE THESE SYMPTOMS, SEEK IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY CARE!
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Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve can be caused by arthritis or a neck injury. The pain may extend down the arm or cause numbness or tingling to the arm or hand. If you suspect a pinched nerve, call your doctor.

Environmental factors--your surroundings-- can contribute to or cause neck pain. An uncomfortable mattress, a pillow that is too high, or ill-fitting desk chair or work area can take a toll on neck muscles.

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If Your Neck Hurts More in the Morning

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    Try a firmer mattress on your bed, or use a bed board under your mattress to make a soft mattress firmer.
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    Use a pillow designed to protect your neck, or no pillow at all.
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    Fold a bath towel lengthwise into a four inch strip and wrap it around your neck.
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    Secure the bath towel with a safety pin while you sleep.
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If your neck hurts more at night

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    Consider whether poor posture can be contributing to your pain.
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    Walk, stand, and sit with your ears, shoulders, and hips in a straight line.
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    Make any necessary adjustments to your office chair or work area.
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    Keep elbows at a ninety degree angle for typing.
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    Consider doing simple neck exercises every two hours, which are listed below:
     
    1. Sit or stand with an extremely erect position to stretch the muscles in the back of your neck.
    2. Do it gently, repeating six times.
    3. Gently squeeze your shoulder blades together six times.
    4. Starting from an extremely erect posture, gently and slowly drop your head backward and repeat six times.
    5. Gently drop your head backward, forward, and side to side with gentle pressure from your hands, repeating six times.
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If Your Neck Hurt Anytime

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    Take something that is not considered a narcotic for pain, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.
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    Apply ice for 10 to 15 minutes every hour for two hours, then leave ice off for two hours.
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    Repeat this cycle for 48 hours or until swelling is gone.
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    Heat from a heating pad, on a low setting, or shower may be helpful if muscle swelling is not a problem.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • If you suspect muscle swelling, do not use heat.
  • Call your doctor if neck pain travels down one arm or your arm is numb and tingles.
  • Seek emergency care if neck pain is associated with fever, headache, and a stiff neck.
  • Give your doctor a call if there is no improvement after trying the above mentioned steps.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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