At The Spine Center for Spinal Restoration, we take a conservative approach to spinal care and first have our clients exhaust all non-surgical methods to try to minimize or eliminate neck pain before seeking out alternative treatments. If you are experiencing any level of neck pain or discomfort, consider trying the following simple remedies at home:
Many people with minimal neck pain find that heat is an effective temporary solution. Taking a hot shower or applying a heating pad for about 15 minutes can help to relax the muscles and minimize the pain.
Massage and Stretch
Gently massaging the affected areas and stretching can also help to relax the muscles. Minor discomfort during such activities is normal, however if either becomes painful, you should stop immediately.
Use Pain Relievers
Over the counter pain relievers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen can help relieve pain and reduce any underlying inflammation. Occasional use of these medications is safe for most individuals, especially if taken on a full stomach.
Stress causes muscles to tighten which can often worsen the problem. Try to relax as much as possible and do your best to keep your neck in gentle motion throughout the day. Avoid any strenuous lifting or exercises that might suddenly jar the neck or make the pain worse.
Most acute episodes of neck pain are caused by muscle spasms and it is important to work with a professional spinal specialist to help determine the underlying cause for the spasms. Doing so will help your chiropractor or doctor determine the best treatment options that can range from non-surgical therapies to fusion and non-fusion spinal surgeries.
To learn more about options for spinal care and restoration, please visit our website at www.laspine.com or contact us directly at (310) 828-7757.