Muscle relaxers for neck pain, anti-inflammatory medications, pain killers, etc. all do their job wonderfully, but a person still needs to keep stress off their neck muscles and keep their neck in alignment in order to completely benefit from these prescriptions. The importance of keeping the neck in alignment cannot be stressed enough when it comes to neck pain management. Using supports like a soft cervical collar or neck pain pillows throughout the day such as a headrest neck pillow, and sleeping on a pillow designed for neck pain relief can help.
All too often people depend solely on medications as a neck pain cure without giving thought to additional things they could (and should) be doing to help themselves feel better. The problem with this is that without taking additional self-care measures, a person can easily exacerbate their neck pain. For instance, one problem associated with some of the types of drugs for neck pain (muscle relaxers, pain medications, etc.) is that they induce drowsiness and a person can easily fall asleep with their neck in an awkward position. Thus, a vicious cycle ensues because while the person is sleeping, the misaligned neck position is aggravating the original condition.
Some of the treatments for neck pain that you can do for yourself are:
- . Use ice therapy
- . Do relaxation therapy with a special pillow like the Custom Craftworks Omni Cervical Relief Pillow
- . Keep your neck supported with a neck pain pillow or soft cervical collar
- . Sleep on a special cervical pillow such as the Arc4life Cervical Linear Traction Neck Pillow
- . Practice good ergonomics
Taking prescription medications for neck pain relief without taking steps to protect and support your neck is counterproductive to the purpose of taking the medication in the first place-taking medications to relieve the pain, while you still engage in practices that instigate the pain, will simply keep you going in circles with neck pains. By implementing self-care measures for neck and should pains, the medicines will work better, faster, and you’ll probably need them less frequently.
Filed under: Neck Muscle Pain
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