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I’m very excited that today’s blog is a guest post from Dr. Brent Wells (read more about Dr Wells at the bottom of the article). It’s all about some simple and effective ways of easing neck pain. I’m definitely going to do more to keep myself hydrated – I had no idea that this could help!
Neck pain is extremely common. In fact, it is so common that about seven out of ten people will experience and complain about neck pain at least once in their lives. With so many people experiencing neck pain, there are often a handful of go-to solutions people turn to. Painkillers, massage, topical ointments, and prescription medications are a few of the most typical treatments people use to ease neck pain.
While there might be a time and a place for these options, they are not always the best answer. There are plenty of other tips and tricks for easing neck pain that work well and are off the beaten path. Alternative treatments such as essential oils, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, and staying hydrated can go a long way for easing neck pain and seeking relief in your day-to-day life.
In this post, we will explore how each of these tips will help ease your neck pain, so you can feel back to your normal energetic self in no time at all!
Essential oils are powerful natural oils that can help treat almost any physical or mental ailment. Although many traditional doctors may scoff at the idea of using essential oils to help heal different issues with the body, there is substantial proof to show just how powerful essential oils are for blasting away many issues.
Pure essential oils are just about as natural as you can get for relieving neck related pain. They can be applied directly to the skin where your pain is and your skin can absorb the oil and loosen up stiff muscles, reduce inflammation in the area, and more.
Peppermint and lavender oils are great for relieving headaches associated with neck pain. Peppermint also works for reducing pain, stopping muscle spasms, and improving inflammation. Applying a combination of lavender and peppermint to your forehead, temples, and areas of the neck where your pain is stemming from will help ease neck pain, soreness, aches, and improve headaches. Always use essential oils with a carrier oil to help reduce the risk of skin irritation since essential oil and so concentrated.
Acupuncture is another lesser-known option for helping to ease neck pain. When people want to improve pain in their neck, they likely think of going to get a massage or stretching their neck at home. While these are great options that can do wonders, acupuncture targets the body a bit differently that can help target pain from a unique angle. The insertion of thin needles into the skin can stimulate muscles, nerves, and tissues and help reduce pain.
Acupuncture has actually been studied extensively in relation to pain and neck pain in humans, but there can always be more high-quality research conducted to truly reveal its benefits.
However, studies have found that acupuncture does indeed improve non-specific chronic pain, which would include neck pain. They found that acupuncture treatments have a clinically proven positive effect on chronic pain when compared to a placebo. It also found that people would feel the positive effects of their acupuncture treatments for around twelve months after their treatments.
Similarly, chiropractic adjustments for neck pain can often be overlooked as an effective treatment option. This is likely due to the fact that people are nervous to go to the chiropractor because they are worried it is going to hurt or they don’t like the idea of having their bodies cracked and manually manipulated. But the good news is that chiropractic adjustments don’t hurt, and it is often relaxing and soothing for the mind and body.
Are you wondering what do chiropractors do for neck pain exactly? Adjustments can loosen up tight neck and shoulder joint, improve flexibility, and improve pain by reducing muscle spasms, stiffness, and painful pinched nerves. There are little to no side effects from adjustments, making it a good choice for those seeking an alternative safe way to help ease neck pain.
Perhaps the easiest tip on the list, staying hydrated, can go a long way for easy neck pain and stopping neck pain from starting in the first place. Grabbing more glasses of water throughout the day will help ensure the discs located between your vertebrae in your spine maintain the correct disc height and space to keep unwanted pressure off the spine.
Your spinal discs are about 80% water, so drinking enough water and not getting dehydrated will ensure those discs keep their proper water content. As a result, you will experience less neck pain and neck pain may stop overall. To drink more water during the day, always keep a filled water bottle with you at all times. You will eventually get into the habit of drinking the water since it is always there with you. If you do not like to drink water, add lemon, lime, fresh fruit, and herbs to your water to give it a natural flavor boost but without tons of added calories and sugar.
As you can see, there are a few different and lesser-known tips for easing neck pain you can try when your neck pain flares up again. Sometimes seeking different solutions to the same recurring issue can alleviate pain and treat the problem better than the other options you have tried in the past. Every tip will not work for every type of pain or person, so you may have to go through some trial and error until you find which works for you the best. If you are having trouble finding the best solution for your neck pain, speaking with your doctor or another healthcare professional is always the best option.
About Dr. Brent Wells
Dr. Brent Wells graduated from the University of Nevada with a Bachelor of Science. He completed his doctorate at Western States Chiropractic College and moved on to start his own business as a professional Wasilla chiropractor at Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab.
As a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians, his knowledge continues to evolve through learning and education in neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury trauma, and more
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