Are you suffering from neck pain? At least 70% of Americans experience significant neck pain at some point in their life, whether the pain is caused by poor posture, injury or an underlying medical condition.
Neck pain can have a great impact your daily activities and can be frustrating to treat using conventional methods. Below are some natural home remedies to get instant relief for neck pain.
Home Remedies for Neck Pain:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known as a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that can relieve neck pain quickly. Also, it contains various important nutrients to help in eliminating the possibility of nutrient-deficiency related pain.
1. Soak a paper towel in apple cider vinegar.
2. Place the paper towel over the affected part of your neck.
3. Leave it on for a couple of hours.
4. Repeat at least twice daily until the pain is gone.
2. Epsom Salt Bath
Taking a bath with Epsom salt can help reduce stress, relieve muscle tension and can provide you an instant pain relief.
1. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to your warm bath.
2. Soak the neck area in the water for at least 15-20 minutes.
3. Repeat this method daily, until the pain heals.
3. Heating Pad and Ice Pack
Apply ice or heat to the painful area. You can use ice for the first 48-72 hours, then use heat after that.
Heat may be applied using hot compresses, heating pad or warm showers. Make sure not to fall asleep with an ice pack or heating pad in place to avoid skin injuries.
4. Neck Exercises
There are various range of motion exercises that can help reduce neck pain. Exercise will stabilize and strengthen your neck muscles as well as your upper back. Also, it can help in reducing stress.
There are 2 types of neck exercises which can help ease and prevent neck pain. First, you must apply moist heat to the neck before performing the exercises.
1. Slowly rotate your neck in a circular motion. Do this clockwise as well as anti-clockwise, to help stretch out the agitated muscles. This may cause a little pain at the start, but it will ultimately help your neck loosen up and heal.
2. Also, you can move your neck slowly back and forth, as well as from side to side.
Each exercise should be done five times per session, three sessions per day. If it hurts too much, don’t do the exercises and consult your doctor.
5. Stay Hydrated
The discs between the vertebrae in your spine require water. This is needed in order to maintain spinal alignment, disc height, and to take pressure off the spine.
Each individual spinal disc is roughly 80% water at when we are born, and with this ratio decreasing as we age, the disc degenerates.
Over time, through the maintainance of strong daily hydration habits, further degeneration of cervical discs may be prevented, which may also reduce neck pain.
Here are tips for drinking more water:
1. Carry a water bottle all day to serve as a reminder to stay hydrated.
2. Pair your water intake with your daily habits, like drinking a full glass of water after each time you brush your teeth.