The neck is the first 7 vertebrae of the spine which starts at the base of the skull and ends just above the thoraxic . The vertebrae is enclosed in a layer of nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, discs and muscles. These all work together to keep the neck protected and upright, if there were anything going on the neck up or the neck down your neck reacts either way.
The previous post was about the causes of neck pain; it cold either be due to muscle strain and emotional stress, infections and rare diseases. This next post will be several neck relief practices that are safe proven effective.
Apply a cold compress or a cold pack to the initial ache and inflammation.
When neck pains starts you could apply a cold pack to it wrap a bag of ice cubes in a plastic and wrap in a towel or a tube sock. Never do what you see in movies when the actor applies the ice pack directly to the skin. Direct contact with the icy surface can cause skin irritation,kill skin cells and cause frostbite. Application to a cold pack must be every 20 minutes. Giving the swollen area a time to “thaw”- you could also tell if your pain lessens during these breaks.
Applying heat to an acute injury.
For inflammation heat pack are a no-no,but for acute injuries these can be a relief support while going through treatment. Heat packs like cold packs should not be applied directly to the skin. Application should be only for 20 minutes at a time and in 40 minute intervals. Heat burns and it will only add to the pain if you do burn yourself.
Have a massage when your neck aches after straining it.
Massages have proven to be a way to relief the tight feeling on your neck. Lifting a heavy load in a wrong way or a 16-hour day sitting at your desk can put a lot of strain to the neck tissues. Headaches and stress can cause the neck muscles to tighten up and add to the pain. Under the kin of your neck are muscles that criss-cross over to the base of your skull, the gentle kneading of these muscles loosen the tensions and promote proper blood flow.
Stretching exercises while at the home or office.
Everyone at one time or the other have experienced having to be in a seminar sitting hours and hours craning your neck to look up at the speaker or doing a repetitive action to look at stacks upon stacks of documents. The strain to the neck gets built up,once you feel a slight pain, take a break and do some stretches.
The neck is a part of your body that caught between the pain caused by headaches or infections and the illnesses of the lower part of the body. The simple relief tips above are safe only as a relief from the pain before you get diagnosed, while doing treatment or if the pains is just fleeting.
Diagnosis is always the best way to know the true cause and treatment of a neck pain. If the intensity of the pain lasts more than a week and other symptoms come up, it is best to get a medical practitioner to get you tested.