Has your neck been giving you pain lately? If so, you’ve probably heard the typical advice to get a massage therapy or sleep on your back. However, there are a couple of other things that you can do to ease neck pain. The following tips just may help to soothe the ache:
Drink plenty of water
The spaces between your vertebrae are filled with fluids that cushion it and make sure that the right disc height and spinal alignment is maintained. You need to drink enough water to cushion your spinal discs well. Each disc is made up of approximately 80% of water when we’re born. As we grow older, the ratio decreases. It’s important to hydrate properly to keep your cervical discs from deteriorating. This may help to alleviate your neck pain.
Beware of text neck
A lot of people experience neck pain because they have bad phone habits. The next time you answer a phone call, take some time to evaluate yourself. Are you holding your phone to your ear with your shoulder? This can stress your cervical spine and result in neck pain.
Text neck is also an increasingly common occurrence. If you constantly strain to look down at your phone while texting or browsing, you’ll have to form new healthier habits that will put less pressure on your neck. If you spend considerable time on the phone, invest in a headset that will allow your neck to stay in a comfortable position while you talk. While you text or browse the internet on your phone, hold it at a higher angle.
Take a dip
Swimming has proven to be an incredible way to treat neck pain. It’s able to alleviate swelling, offer relief from pain, and allow you more neck mobility. You can try a neck-soothing exercise by heading to the swimming pool on a warm day and walking in until the water reaches your chin. Move your neck around gently, stretching back and forth as well as side to side.
Visit your local chiropractor
Another great way to treat an aching neck is with the help of a chiropractor! Although physical therapy is often thought of as a way to treat injuries, it’s also fantastic for identifying the root of the problem, reducing the risk of reinjury, and strengthening areas that are prone to injury.
The effectiveness of acupuncture will vary from person to person. Some people report always feeling better after a good session, while others say that they only feel better half of the time. Some people say that they feel no results at all. It’s important to remember that the effectiveness of acupuncture and other needling treatments often depends on the skills of the practitioner. That being said, it’s worth giving acupuncture a try with the help of an expert professional.
Invest in a better chair
Oftentimes the cause of neck pain is simple: poor posture. If you spend a lot of time sitting in an office chair, you may be straining your neck and back sitting all day. A good office chair will have adequate back and neck support so you can sit comfortably throughout the day. Of course, you’ve still got to get up and move around throughout the day!
Melville Wellness has a team of chiropractors in Perth available to help, get in touch today to book a consultation!