Natural Remedies for Neck Pain
Often caused by poor posture, you can lessen your chances of having neck pain by keeping your head over your shoulders and not pushed forward.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING
- Anti-inflammatory foods
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID
- Inflammatory foods and substances
TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS
- White Willow Bark
HERBS AND SPICES
- Black Pepper
- Devil’s claw
- Kava Kava
- John’s Wort
- White Willow Bark
Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.
- Clary sage
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.
- Menthol/Camphor topically (but beware that these can antidote a homeopathic remedy)
- Organic sulphur
- Vitamin B-5
- Vitamin C
Dehydration affects muscles, nerves, joints and spinal discs. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ to one ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.
Because all our body parts are connected, overall fitness is important, but you also can do specific exercises for the neck.
That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.
Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Tension tightens muscles. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate. Do what works for you to stay mellow. Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:
- Bach flower remedies
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Music Therapy
- Qi Gong
- Tai Chi
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Ice pack for a stiff neck or to lessen swelling from an injury
- If inflammation has subsided, apply heat.
- Exercise gently in a warm pool.
- Acupressure (http://www.acupressure.com/blog/index.php/stress-relief-acupressure-points-for-shoulder-neck-tension/)
- Acupuncture may be more effective than injections.
- Chinese Medicine
- Don’t hold a phone to your ear by bending your head to your shoulder, at least not regularly.
- If you sit for long periods, take walking-around breaks.
- Keep your head upright as much as possible. Bending your head over a desk will stress your neck muscles.
- Keep your monitor at eye level.
- Lift carefully; use your legs and arms rather than your back.
- Low stress levels
- Regular exercise: especially neck exercises.
- Sleep on a mattress that keeps your spine in alignment
- Stay hydrated.
- Try sleeping without a pillow
- Use a chair with lumbar support or use a rolled-up towel to lend support.