7 Natural Neck Pain Remedies in Beaverton

Nagging neck pain bringing you down? Before you reach for that bottle of pain medication again, here are seven ways you can reduce neck pain naturally.

  1. Chiropractic Adjustments. Studies show that chiropractic neck adjustments, combined with exercise, are better for relieving neck pain than pain medications. Our Aloha & Beaverton chiropractors can use spinal adjustments to reduce pressure on any irritated or pinched nerves in the neck, and promote healing after tissue injury.
  2. Relax: Stress can cause you to tense up muscles in the neck, back, and shoulders. Try thinking about what causes you stress throughout the day; like rushing to get to work, having a full email inbox, or traffic. Then think creatively about what you can do to minimize your daily stressors. Taking breaks, meditating, and yoga can also relieve stress to reduce neck pain.
  3. Cognitive behavioral therapy: Symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder have been found to contribute to chronic whiplash symptoms. Seeking adequate treatment for any mental health issues you have will enhance your recovery from neck pain.
  4. Exercises: Performing daily neck exercises can improve flexibility and range of motion in your neck, and prevent muscle degeneration from lack of activity. Here are some neck exercises to get you started. Our Aloha & Beaverton chiropractors can show you appropriate exercises to decrease neck pain.
  5. Better posture. Do you slouch when you sit? Do you have to crank your neck up or down to see the computer screen? Do you hold the phone with your neck or wash your hair in the sink? Any of these activities can strain the muscles in your neck, worsening your neck pain symptoms. Our Aloha & Beaverton chiropractors can evaluate your posture and daily habits to prevent neck pain.
  6. Ice/Heat Therapy: Applying ice to painful regions in the neck for 15 minutes at a time can reduce inflammation and numb pain. Heat can also reduce neck pain; try taking a hot shower or using a warm wet towel. Be careful when using heat though. Too much heat or applying heat too soon after a neck injury may exacerbate your symptoms. Our Beaverton chiropractors can prescribe the right amounts of heat/ice therapy to maximize symptom relief.
  7. Think sleep. If you frequently wake up with a stiff neck, your pillow or mattress may be to blame. While having a firm mattress can support the spine, having a pillow that's too firm may force the neck into awkward positions. Sleeping on your stomach can also strain the neck.

Many cases of neck pain can be relieved without the use of surgery or drugs. Whether you're suffering from auto injuries or a simple neck strain, our Aloha & Beaverton chiropractors to get out of pain today.

 

November 25, 2013
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