Tension on the job or at home, tasks that require a lot of leaning over a work surface, poor posture, and even a too soft mattress can cause neck pain and stiffness. Of course, some neck pain is the result of injury or disease, but the vast majority of neck pain is due to simple muscle tension.
Neck Pain Causes:
Neck pain may come from any of the structures in the neck including: vascular, nerve, airway, digestive, and musculature / skeletal or be referred from other areas of the body.
Major and severe causes of neck pain include.Poor sleeping posture, Torticollis, Head injury, Rheumatoid arthritis, Carotidynia, Congenital cervical rib, Mononucleosis, Rubella, Certain cancers, Ankylosing spondylitis, Cervical spine fracture, Esophageal trauma, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Lymphadenitis, Thyroid trauma, Tracheal trauma.
Home Remedies for Neck Pain
* Take a load off: One of the simplest ways to relieve the pain is to lie down and give your neck muscles a chance to recover. But don't use a thick pillow that crimps your neck.
* Ice it: Ice effectively numbs pain and decreases inflammation. Put crushed ice in a plastic bag and cover the bag with a pillowcase (a terry towel is too thick to effectively transmit the cold). Apply the icepack to your painful neck for 15 minutes at a time.
* Use Heat to Soothe Neck Pain: After the inflammation has been reduced, heat can work great in soothing your neck. Obtaining a heat pad or soaking a towel in warm water both work. Or you can just take a hot shower.
* Use a Towel for Support: Roll up a towel and place it behind your lower back when seated. This will give you additional back support.
* Cover your Neck While Outside: If it's cold outside, it's a good decision to cover your neck and keep it warm. The weather can potentially aggravate neck stiffness or pain.
* Cure Neck Pain with Relaxation: Stress is linked to the tightening of the muscles in your neck, causing pain. If you're under a lot of pressure or stress consistently, you may want to confront it. Check out the Stress section.
* Get and stay trim: Being overweight strains all of the body's muscles, including those in the neck.
* Stay in shape: The stronger and more flexible you are overall, the less likely you'll suffer from neck pain. Swimming is one of the best all around exercises for strengthening the neck and back.
* Take frequent breaks: Change your body position often, especially if you have to be in a physically stressful position. Get up and walk around at least once an hour.