Everyday life takes a toll on our necks, especially in this age of constantly checking our phones, lowering our heads to tablets, and sitting in front of computer monitors all day, as well as driving for long periods of time. These daily activities prevent us from maintaining proper posture and cause us to misuse our neck. Our neck can also suffer a traumatic event, such as a car crash.
Neck pain is a leading cause of pain and disability, whether the underlying cause is traumatic or non-traumatic.
When neck pain evolves over time, it may be the result of a disease, but is even more likely to be caused by poor posture, lack of muscle strength, and stress. This kind of neck pain usually becomes chronic neck pain. Acute pain occurs immediately after an injury, physical labor or extreme effort. It may take some time to heal, which will affect your well-being.
Neck pain is generally nothing to worry about unless there are accompanying symptoms such as numbness of an arm or weakness. Yet pain can have an effect on everyday life as well as an emotional burden. Regardless of the severity of the trauma to the body, reducing pain will help your recovery, and a faster healing process will help you return to normal activity as quickly as possible.
The following are tips that can help with neck pain relief. However, be mindful of your body, and if any of these cause an increase in pain or any other negative effect, do not continue:
1. Use neck pain relief devices
Neck pain relief devices for home use are safe and effective. There are different technologies and brands, like Solio. Solio Alfa Plus is the only FDA-cleared home-use device featuring the patented synergy of 3 energy sources to gain pain relief and help the body heal itself.
Solio Alfa Plus was developed specifically to reduce pain and aid in injury rehabilitation. This neck pain relief device uses specific wavelengths and bipolar RF to stimulate the body’s healing mechanisms and increase blood circulation, drawing oxygen and nutrients to the afflicted area. The deep heating creates an optimal healing environment that accelerates tissue regeneration and reduces inflammation, muscle aches, stiffness, and pain.
The therapeutic effects may also include muscle relaxation and an improved range of motion. It’s an excellent solution for a wide range of injuries and conditions including sports and exercise injuries, acute pain and trauma, chronic or ongoing pain, and everyday aches.
2. Make ergonomic choices
To alleviate and possibly prevent neck pain, make some ergonomic adjustments. As mentioned here, screen time takes a toll on our neck, but so are other choices we make.
Try to find ways to help your body. For example, try a standing desk to avoid hunching forward and keep naturally upright. Hunching over a keyboard or work surface is not recommended, so if your workplace doesn’t support your body properly, you may need to rearrange it.
Prevent your neck from being bent forward, tilted or twisted to a point where it starts to be painful. If you are already in pain, it may help reduce it.
3. Check your pillow(s)
Making choices that are good for your body must include your sleeping habits as they may have an effect on your neck.
Check your sleep position and your pillows. Sleeping with several pillows under your head can affect your neck, as well as sleeping with a pillow that is not firm enough and doesn’t support it properly. Sometimes a special pillow may be helpful or sleeping with no pillow at all. Try different options until you find the best choice for your body.
4. Try home exercises
Gentle manipulation of the neck through slow exercises can help stretch your neck and improve your range of motion. You can do neck exercises while seating or standing – up and down, side to side, ear to ear. Simple exercises can be surprisingly effective. For example, roll your shoulders backwards and down and then bring your ear to your shoulder on each side. When possible, exercise regularly to strengthen and stretch your neck muscles, and every other supporting muscle.
Swimming is considered to be one a healthy sport, and being in the water means less stress on the spine and neck. Swimming at the pace and flexibility level that is right for your body can help you alleviate neck pain, but if the strokes hurt you, they may need to be avoided or modified.
Meditation may help to ease recurring and even chronic neck pain. This was shown in a study in which participants who suffered from chronic neck pain reported a significant reduction in pain after eight weeks of Jyoti meditation practice. This may be the result of lower levels of stress achieved through meditation. Another explanation may be that meditation does not reduce pain, but reduces the suffering from pain. No matter the reason, try meditation to benefit the body and soul.
7. Take it easy
Taking it easy is a piece of literal advice. Your neck is in pain and you need to pay attention and avoid straining it. Rest and relax to feel better and stay healthy.
We suggest you utilize your rest time to apply Solio neck pain relief device and alleviate your pain.
8. Move around
Rest is great advice, but it doesn’t mean no movement. Be sure to avoid painful activities, but if your posture needs some improvement, moving around will help your neck change positions rather than staying in an unhealthy position.
Available studies show that limited movement is more effective than passively resting. It’s important to restrict your activity because of the pain, but as it alleviates, it’s good to move your muscles and joints to a point that was difficult even before.
9. Use your phone and other devices wisely
Screen time is not easy on the neck, so awareness and adjustments can make a difference. One suggestion is to make sure your eyes are the same height as the top third of the computer screen. To do this, position your computer monitor at eye level or adjust the height of the work table when possible. A high-back chair with a headrest is helpful at your desk, in your living room or in your car. Another suggestion is to place your tablet so that it sits at a 45° angle rather than lying flat in your lap, on the counter, or anywhere else. When using your phones for texting and browsing, hold the phone up higher for a better neck position, and take breaks to stretch your neck.
Whether it’s chronic or lasts only a short time, neck pain can be relieved by gentle massage. Sometimes when the neck is too painful, it helps to gently massage the arms, chest, and back.
Pain in the neck is… well, a pain in the neck, so hopefully some of these 10 tips will help with pain relief.