5 tips on how to make neck (cervical) pain go away

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Back pain and cervical pain usually occur after inadequate efforts that we make, forcing our vertebras and muscles to work more than they are used to in sustaining the head (which weight about 4-5 kg) and the body’s position.

You might wonder how come you get so frequent cervical pains and your brother/sister or other friends don’t. This is mostly due to the profession you have. For example, if you work as a hairdresser, your cervical pain will be caused by the unnatural position of the head that you have to maintain for hours: bent towards the front.

Luckily, cervical pain can be avoided by replacing certain ‘unhealthy’ habits with ‘natural’ ones, and by regularly exercising your neck muscles. Here are a few tips on how to avoid cervical pain:

1. If your work makes you sit in front of your computer for many hours, then you should make sure you adopt a healthy body posture: sit straight, and use a feet base in order to get them a little bit raised off the floor. Also, remember to take a 10 minute break every hour. During this small break step away from your desk and take a walk around the office.

2. Adjust your pillow. During the sleep the body can twist more or less its neck if you sleep on a high pillow or if sleeping on the stomach. By using an anatomically shaped pillow, that supports the natural line of your neck you will wake up relaxed and ready for a new day.

3. Exercise daily on your cervical muscles. Make slow rotations with your head, starting from the right to the left. After 5 rotations reverse the direction so that you don’t get too dizzy. Then bend your head to the right and then to the left. Do this for 6 times. Then bend your chin in front as much as you can towards the thorax and then take it back and extend your head on the back.

4. In case you do get to develop a neck pain, take an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen. This will help your body reduce pain and inflammation. But try not to develop a habit from using them. If your neck pain continues to bother you for long periods of time then I suggest you visit a chiropractor for specialized care.

5. Try applying heat on the back of your neck. It seems that a warm bandage always helps the muscle relax and calms down the pain. You can always try taking a how shower, as this is a lot more pleasant than applying bandages on the skin.

Any cervical pain that does not resolve itself within a day or two from its onset should be treated by a doctor. Some neck pains can hide other serious affections that need medical observation and specialized treatment in order to disappear. And as we all know, treating affections from their early stages is always easier than working upon an old condition.

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