Sooner or later in your life, you’re bound to experience some form of neck pain. Usually, neck pain is acute and related to overuse or poor posture. This kind of pain typically recedes after a few days. However, while you’re waiting for your neck to heal, you can take a few measures to help reduce the pain.
The following tips should help you manage your sore neck:
- Ice — When you notice your neck is sore, you should apply a pack of ice or frozen vegetables. Doing this two or three times a day for 15 minutes should help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Heat — After a couple of days of icing, you can start applying heat to your neck. It’s important to not heat right away when you notice the pain because it can cause inflammation to grow worse. However, after a couple of days, some heat can feel nice and help reduce pain.
- Correct posture — Often, neck pain is caused by poor standing, sitting or sleeping posture. Correcting your posture will go far in helping reduce and prevent neck pain.
- Stretch — Poor posture and overuse can strain your neck muscles and create tension, which leads to pain. To ease this tension in your muscles, you should try some simple neck stretches. These stretches should help increase the flexibility of your neck muscles and help you feel better.
What should you do if your neck pain is severe or ongoing?
Chronic and extreme neck pain is too tough for at-home treatments. In these cases, you need medical assistance. Ignoring severe or chronic pain can lead to the development of greater problems, like permanent disability.
Physical therapists are experts in the human musculoskeletal system who can identify the causes of neck pain and develop a treatment plan. At Arrow Physical Therapy in Union, NJ, our team is recognized for its excellence in patient care.
If you’re experiencing neck pain, you should stop by our clinic in Union to talk with one of our physical therapists about developing a personalized treatment.
Are you ready to schedule your first appointment with Arrow Physical therapy in Union, NJ? Contact us today to speak with one of our team members and get started on your road to recovery.
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