3 easy ways to ease neck pain from a sore or stiff neck

It’s common from time to time to face a sore or stiff neck. For some people this is almost a daily or weekly occurrence. There are many ways to easily bypass sore and stiff necks from the comfort of your home. Below are some of the ways we suggest you go about:

 

Cervical Traction:

The muscles in our neck tend to get tight and that is what causes a stiff neck. In order to ease that pain, applying gentle traction can help. One of the easiest ways to do this is as so:

 

  1. Place a hand towel which is double folded underneath your head, specifically only covering the occiput which is the rear part of the skull that rounds out to the neck and lie down on it.
  1. Have someone gently pull the towel straight towards them. Try to get them to hold the position for at least 3 minutes.
  2. Repeat the exercise 2-3 times per-day or until you feel some relief.

 

Hydrotherapy:

Taking a simple salt bath can ease a sore neck. Since sore necks are so common and the fastest way we suggest overcoming them is to take a bath with Epsom salts. The magenesium sulfate in the Epsom salt will reduce the rate of calcium bindings in the muscle contractions therefore relieving sore muscles.

 

Simply add two cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak your body including your neck for 15-20 minutes.

 

Acupuncture point:

There is an acupuncture point on the body that goes by the name of Luo Zhen which is commonly used to relieve neck pain. This point is found on the back of the hand between the two bones in the depression just past the knuckles of the pointer and middle finger.

 

How to go about relieving neck pain through this Luo Zhen point is by massaging in the direction opposite to that of your neck pain. So if your right side of the neck hurts, massage the finger area on the left hand. So on and so forth.

 

Maintain pressure on that point and massage in small circles and at the same time also move your head from side to side to free up the muscles. After a few minutes your range of motion for your neck should increase and decrease your neck pain too.

How to position yourself at the desk to relieve knee and back pain

It’s a fact that we spend over 8 hours at a desk or on a chair everyday. It’s no longer not an option to work from a desk unless you’re out on the field. While you may think that sitting at a desk is the most comfortable job, it really isn’t. Sitting at a desk improperly is what is the leading cause of back and neck pain.

Steven Conway, Ph.D., a chiropractor and attorney in Athens, Wisconsin, and a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association says that we’re built to move as humans. Sitting in one place over a long period of time puts us at risk for chronic pain related to different kinds of joint pains.

Dr.Conway has come up with some of the best ways to address pain while spending time at your work desk:

Neck Pain

The problem: You’re used to cradling your phone between your shoulder and neck while you do other work such as looking at your screen.

The fix: The simplest solution is to use a handsfree headset or the speaker phone and make sure you have your screen adjusted so you’re not having to tilt your neck up or down to look at it.

Mid back Pain

The problem: Slouching at your chair and sitting still for over an hour

The fix: Get out of your chair more often, doctors recommend moving every 20 minutes. It’s also easy to do some simple stretches from your chair, such as looking up at the ceiling and sitting flat against the back of the chair. The best case scenario though is to get off your chair and just take a 2 minute walk around the office.

Lower Back Pain

The problem: Your chair is not at the right height and the chair back is completely vertical

The fix: First proceed to adjust your chair height and make sure your arms align with your desk so that they’re slightly bent when typing. Also make sure your seat is reclining or has lumbar support. Adjust the tilt of your chair to maintain the curve of lower spine. If your chair doesn’t provide the right support you can consider getting a support cushion to help you.