Medications such as aspirin and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), neck exercises and even surgery don’t always help neck pain go away. New Jersey chiropractic doctors talk with thousands of patients every day, and they’ve learned about unusual but effective ways patients combat neck pain. Some chiropractors have adopted a few ideas for their practices. Here are some tips.
- Treat yourself to a remedial massage: That’s a specific kind of massage during which the therapist applies and massages oil into the skin around the neck. The oil infiltrates muscles and joints, relaxing them, boosting their flexibility and getting rid of toxins.
- Practice aromatherapy: Emotional stress affects spine health and neck pain and many patients use holistic approaches such as aromatherapy as nightly rituals. Set out meditative music, candles and other items of comfort for you to sink into and let your stresses ebb away.
- Ice yourself: Put ice between your thumb and index finger, behind your ear about 1 ½ inches back and between your eyebrows. This is especially helpful if symptoms such as headaches, numbness and tingling in your head, neck and shoulders go along with the neck pain. Headbands help keep the ice secure.
- Swim: Enough can’t be said about the benefits of swimming in virtually any situation. Neck pain is no exception. It decreases inflammation, gives you a break from the pain and makes your neck more flexible. Get into the water to neck level and squat until the water is to your chin. Move rhythmically to the right and left. Finally, perform some of your favorite swimming exercises—gently. New Jersey chiropractic doctors say that immersing yourself in a bathtub gives you similar benefits if you lack access to a pool.
- Sleep on a water pillow: Water pillows work because you can control how firm your pillow is. Add water if you need more structure, and let water out if your pillow feels too rigid. This may be especially helpful if braces and regular neck pillows haven’t really been successful.