When common non-surgical treatments like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), chiropractic care, neck exercises, or even surgery haven’t provided effective relief of neck pain, patients often get creative and identify simple yet unique techniques they do on their own.
Here are some suggestions that have worked for many who suffer from back and neck pain ailments on a daily basis.
- Take A Swim
Many forum members note the therapeutic effects that swimming has on back and neck pain. Swimming reduces inflammation, provides quick pain relief, and allows for unrestricted movements. Try the following movements:
- Submerge into the water until the level is up to your neck. Slowly ease into gentle exercises.
- Now, squat until the water reaches your chin, and then move back and forth and to the right and to the left.
If you do not own a pool or can’t get to a community pool in the summers or an indoor pool in the winters, take a bath every night to gain a similar therapeutic benefit.
- Use A Water Pillow
Continuing on this “water” theme, some patients note the rejuvenating effects of water pillows that allow patients to dictate the firmness of their pillow. Specifically, more water equals a firmer pillow; less water provides a softer pillow. Various water pillow products are available on the market and may be worth considering for patients who have tried more traditional neck pillows and braces to no avail.
- Consider Melatonin Sleeping Aids
Even the greatest pillow may not help when neck pain interferes with sleeping. Various supplements that stimulate the hormone melatonin (which is highest prior to bedtime) have helped many people overcome insomnia. The supplement allows them to get some much-needed quality restorative sleep, which encourages the healing process.
- Focus On Magnesium Intake
Many cases of neck pain are the result of muscle strains or sprains. Ask your doctor or a nutritionist about adding magnesium-rich foods or a magnesium supplement to your diet. Magnesium is an essential mineral that helps contract and relax muscles, and a supplement may help you avoid neck muscle pain. Magnesium is found in certain fruits, vegetables, nuts, peas, beans, soy products and whole grains. You can also absorb magnesium by soaking in an epsom salt bath. Some people note how magnesium reduces muscle tightness in their neck.
- Learn More About Acupuncture
Acupuncture provides varying degrees of neck pain relief for forum members. Some people swear by its effectiveness, while others note success about half of the time. Others get no relief from acupuncture.
Source: www.spine-health.com; March 5, 2014.