Chronic neck pain is a widespread condition that affects millions of Americans. And with our country’s painkiller problem, it’s no surprise that people are looking for more natural methods to manage their pain. Luckily, there are plenty of natural neck pain remedies to choose from!
Before we delve into the solutions, it’s important to understand what chronic neck pain is.
What is Chronic Neck Pain?
When it comes to neck pain, there are three classifications when it comes to the type of pain you’re experiencing:
- Acute (less than 1 month)
- Subacute (between 1 to 3 months)
- Chronic (more than 3 months)
In this article, we will be focusing on chronic neck pain and the various ways to manage it. But before we delve into that, it’s important to understand what the root of your pain is.
What Causes Chronic Neck Pain?
Chronic neck pain can be caused by various reasons, but the most common are:
- Sleeping in the wrong position
- Poor posture
- Repetitive motions
- Holding the head in an unusual position
- Injury (e.g. car accident, sports injury)
If you are one of the millions of Americans who spend their day sitting at a desk, posture could be the root of your chronic neck pain.
There has been a lot of news circulating around recently regarding the negative effects of sitting for hours on end. While you don’t need to rush to get a treadmill desk, there are some simple ways to improve your health with a desk job.
Now that we have an understanding of chronic neck pain and its causes, here are some natural neck pain remedies to help you feel better.
Natural Neck Pain Remedies
It’s important to note that you should talk with your doctor before you try any of the suggested remedies to ensure they are safe for you.
A simple way to alleviate neck pain is by stretching. Stretches that target the neck can help hit the “reset” button to relieve muscle tension while also reducing inflammation. For some easy, yet effective neck stretches, click here.
Stretching can also help strengthen your body and improve your posture (which can help you sit properly at your desk).
2. Topical Treatments
If you’re still feeling pain after incorporating stretching into your daily routine, you might be a good candidate for some natural topicals. These topical ointments, like T-Relief (Arnica), caster oil and white flower oil can all help ease pain, improve circulation, reduce swelling and inflammation.
3. Acupuncture and Massage Therapy
Both acupuncture and massage therapy have shown to be helpful in relieving chronic neck pain. Acupuncture reduces inflammation in the affected area/muscle (and surrounding areas), moves stagnant blood and qi, and reduces swelling and pain. It also helps re-educate the body to stop the inflammatory pattern that has developed. Read more on how acupuncture can benefit chronic pain here.
If you’re looking for a Western-based treatment option, massage therapy is for you! By targeting specific areas in your neck, massages can help loosen muscles and release your body’s natural pain-killing chemicals. Having regular massages can not only provide relief, but can also improve the condition of your neck.
4. Homeopathic Injections
For those looking for pain relief that isn’t in the form of a pill, homeopathic injections could be your perfect solution. These injectables are completely natural (plant botanical-based) and are extremely effective for pain relief throughout the whole body. Injections are administered at acupuncture and/or trigger point sites based on the individual’s condition.
It’s a treatment in itself or a perfect combination after a massage or acupuncture treatment!
Chronic neck pain can be debilitating, but luckily there are some effective natural neck pain remedies to help you manage (and even get rid of) your pain. As a therapeutic health spa, we treat the whole you, and use a variety of techniques so that you can live your healthiest life. Call us at (303) 573-7484 today to set up an appointment!