Neck Pain Home Remedies & Natural Treatments
To get relief from a neck spasm, interlock your fingers together at the back of your head and push your head back firmly against your head for 5 seconds then relax. With your hands still clasped, then your head forward just a little and again apply gentle pressure for about 10 seconds. Don't lean your head too far forward and stop if you feel any discomfort. Repeat this isometric exercise several times or more as needed.
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Use a Scenar electro-stimulation device to relieve neck pain and promote health and healing. Developed in Russia and tested on 18,000 persons in clinical trials. Very effective. Go here to read more about this.
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When the body, or any living thing, is connected to the earth, the result is powerful and profound healing benefits. It is anti-inflammatory, relieves pain and promotes the healing of all manner of diseases. Read more about the discovery and simple application of Earthing here
You can get a TENS unit for about 35 dollars on ebay or overstock dot com. These are great for relieving pain from all parts of the body. It works while the TENS is attached but will stop working when it is removed.
Carefully, without forcing, bend your head to the right and hold this position for 10 seconds as though you were trying to bring your ear down to your shoulder. Now gently drop your head forward and roll it around to the left and do the same stretch on the left side. Next scrunch up your shoulders toward your head and hold this for 5 seconds before releasing. Repeat this whole sequence several times.
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Going to see a chiropractor has helped me a lot through the years. As with anything, a lot depends on the skill of the practitioner which means there are good chiropractors and not so good chiropractors. Find a good one. While this is not a home remedy, it is a good natural remedy for neck pain.
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An herbal remedy used in Chinese medicine for neck pain is kudzu. Researchers have discovered that kudzu can lower inflammation by slowing the body’s inflammatory response. Its method of operation is similar to the hormone estrogen and it can be taken as a pill or a powder. Persons who have hormone-sensitive cancers or are taking an oral drug for diabetes should not take kudzu.
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Menthol and Camphor
One of the most commonly used and very effective home remedy for neck pain is an analgesic which contains menthol and or camphor. Some versions may also contain Eucalyptus or capsaicin (the hot in peppers). My favorite is Tiger’s Balm. When these analgesics are applied to the skin and are rubbed in, they enhance the flow of blood and produce a cool or warm sensation that soothes and relaxes the area. The effect can be further amplified by putting some DMSO over the analgesic which will cause it to penetrate more deeply. You will have to purchase DMSO online and it has been used for decades as a topical treatment for muscle and joint pain.
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Ice It Down
Ice is good initially when the first strain is felt or the injury first occurs. Ice will inhibit swelling which causes much discomfort and stiffness later. You can buy an ice bag at the drugstore or you can make your own with a plastic bag or a large gallon baggie. Wrap the plastic bag filled with ice in a towel and apply it to your neck. After a few days when all danger of swelling is gone, you can apply heat to your neck to relax muscles. However, heat should not be used initially because it will make the swelling worse.
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St. John's Wort
We may have heard that St. John's wort is one of the most commonly prescribed herbal products for moderate to mild depression but it has also been used for hundreds of years to give relief from pain, such as neck pain. St. John's wort is a natural anti-inflammatory and it is thought to be particularly useful for nerve pain. You can buy this as a powder or a pill or you can brew tea from it.
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You can buy creams and gels with capsaicin in them for relief of neck pain. Capsaicin is extracted from hot red chili peppers and is what makes them taste hot. Its mechanism is to reduce substance P in the body which results in pain relief. Substance P is located at nerve endings and is a principal in sending arthritic and neuralgic pain signals to the brain. Generally, one has to apply this for some time to get the effect as it is the cumulative reduction of substance P over a period of several weeks that produces pain relief.
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Rosemary oil can be applied topically to the neck and it will bring about vasodilation and warming of the neck muscles. Mix five or six drops of rosemary oil with a little olive oil and a massage this into your neck. This is an excellent home remedy for a sore neck.
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Arnica (Arnica Montana) has been used as a medicine for hundreds of years. Currently, Arnica is found in ointment and liniment preparations typically used for sprains, bruises and strains. These commercial Arnica preparations are commonly used by professional athletes. The roots of the plant have concentrations of thymol and thymol derivatives which have been clinically proven to be good vasodilators (opens up) of the blood capillaries close to the skin. One study found that Arnica had a beneficial effect in reducing bruising and pain after surgery.
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