Neck aches and pains are a common ailment in our busy world. After a long day at the office, a busy day around the house, or a particularly serious work out a stiff neck is not an unexpected outcome. Luckily neck pain is easily treatable at home. The following neck pain treatment methods can alleviate pain and aid in recovery. Neck Pain Treatment: Five Tips Rest One of the best methods to assist in recovery is to allow yourself time to heal. When first notice neck pains take two or three days off from heavy work or exercise to allow for recovery. Keep your neck well supported and apply occasional light messages to keep the muscles lose. Once your neck muscles have had time to heal slowly start exercising again. A recovery period followed by a gradual reintroduction of exercises speeds up the overall healing process. Using Cold And / Or Continue reading →

  The term pinched nerve, alternately called a “compressed nerve,” describes unusual and disproportionate pressure applied to a nerve. Simply put, nerves – bundles of fibers that transmit information – travel through the body inside the spine, and close to joints; always surrounded by other tissues including bone, cartilage, muscles, and tendons. They are, thus, vulnerable to pressure applied by those external elements, which can cause discomfort. That discomfort may be nothing more than a mild tingling, it can be numbness or weakness, or it can be extreme pain. Despite these wide-ranging symptoms, and the many ways and places this injury can be sustained, the symptoms of a pinched nerve are relatively consistent. Identifying the Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve Nerves are at their most vulnerable to compression where they travel through constricted spaces, and where they have little soft tissue to protect them. There is no way, beyond considering Continue reading →

  The name “whiplash” is no accident, although it’s often caused by one. Imagine the motion of somebody cracking a whip; they raise their arm high then bring it forward in a sharp surge, moving it as fast as they can while keeping their body still. Next, they halt the act as abruptly as they can. The sudden cessation of velocity causes – CRACK!!! – the whip to make its sharp, angry noise. In a whiplash injury, the neck is travelling forwards at dangerously fast speeds, while the body is not. The neck surges, and if the motion is halted abruptly, the neck absorbs that sharp, angry interruption. This is not a sequence of events the body is well adapted to accommodate, so injury often results. Why the “Car” Connection? Whiplash, then, is a soft tissue injury of the neck. The sequence of events described above occurs most commonly during Continue reading →

  The shoulder rub. We almost don’t notice when people in movies and on TV ask for one, or give one, it’s so ubiquitous a feature of portrayals of stress. One character’s up-tight, another steps behind them and kneads the muscles at the base of their neck; blissful expressions all round, and whatever the problem is, it’s lessened. But is there any truth to this, any fire beneath the smoke? We recommend you try a shoulder and neck massage, given by a professional therapist. We think you’ll notice it then!   The “Shoulder Rub” The neck and shoulder area of the human body can accrue a great deal of the physical symptoms of stress and tension, more than any other place in most people. This can lead directly to tension headaches, and stiffness all across the upper-body. Massaging the whole region can loosen taut muscles, immediately reducing tightness and increasing Continue reading →

Myofascial Release (MFR) therapy has been used for over a century now in the effective treatment of difficult and recurring injuries. But first, what is Myofascia? Myofascia is the tough, dense tissue that covers bones and muscles. The outermost covering, also known as fascia, is indeed very strong with a tensile strength of more than 200lbs but still very flexible. If you viewed it under a microscope, you’d see something like a fish net or a spider web. The Myofascia runs the whole length of the body right from beneath the toes to the topmost part of the head and is continuous such that you can’t tell where its starts or ends. You would say that Myofascia connects parts of the body to each other and you would actually be right. It’s therefore easy to see why the Myofascia is so delicate; a damage or defect to one part of Continue reading →

Bad posture can cause problems for your well-being in several ways. First of all, slumping over gives a weak and tired appearance as opposed to standing up straight, which looks more commanding. Good posture is also helpful for the performance of singers and athletes. But ultimately, there are deeper reasons why correcting bad posture is essential to your good health. Preventing Pain and Fatigue Good posture is a conscious skill that allows you to stand, walk and sit with the least amount of strain on your back, muscles and ligaments. When you stand up straight you are actually protecting several organs at one time and allowing them to function at an optimum level, whereas when you slump over you are causing the body to work harder, which can lead to painful muscle spasms. You can also breathe more properly with free air flow when you practice proper posture. Other reasons to maintain good Continue reading →

Chronic pain has a debilitating effect on a patient’s life affecting their social, personal, and professional performance in many ways. Living with chronic pain is often excruciating and drives many people to seek extreme ways to alleviate their pain. That is why chronic pain management techniques are now used to efficiently relieve pain for those patients who suffer from long lasting pain. Here are some of the most common chronic pain management techniques: Spinal Decompression Therapy is a form of pain management that entails the use of decompression devices to gently stretch the spine in the affected areas. Spinal decompression has a good reputation as a pain management technique and treatment given its positive effects in restoring function and range of motion of the affected areas. This type of chronic pain management is used for patients suffering from degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, worn spinal joints, radiculopathy, sciatica, and other conditions that Continue reading →

There are various factors that may be responsible for triggering your neck pain, including certain medical conditions, injuries, and activities that put strain on the neck. The intensity of neck pain varies from moderate to severe and it can have a wide range of effects on the personal, social, and professional performance of sufferers. In addition to the adequate medicine and therapies, there are a number of ways that you can help relieve neck pain at home, without going to the doctor: 1. Apply An Ice Pack – Ice acts like a constringent agent to effectively decrease inflammation and associated pain. Ice has an anesthesia-like effect on pain, which will ultimately lead to the reduction or even the elimination of neck pain. You can use a plastic bag filled with crushed ice and covered in a soft pillow case that is thin enough to effectively transmit cold yet thick enough to protect your Continue reading →