Lesser-Known Tips for Easing Neck Pain

beautiful young woman has a pain in the neck1. Take a swim

Many forum members note the therapeutic effects that swimming has on back and neck pain. Swimming reduces inflammation, provides quick pain relief, and allows for unrestricted movements. Try the following movements:
  • Submerge into the water until the level is up to your neck. Slowly ease into gentle exercises.
  • Now, squat until the water reaches your chin, and then move back and forth and to the right and to the left.
If you do not own a pool or can't get to a community pool in the summers or an indoor pool in the winters, take a bath every night to gain a similar therapeutic benefit.

2. Use a water pillow

Continuing on this "water" theme, some patients note the rejuvenating effects of water pillows that allow patients to dictate the firmness of their pillow. Specifically, more water equals a firmer pillow; less water provides a softer pillow. Various water pillow products are available on the market and may be worth considering for patients who have tried more traditional neck pillows and braces to no avail.

3. Consider melatonin sleeping aids

Even the greatest pillow may not help when neck pain interferes with sleeping. Various supplements that stimulate the hormone melatonin (which is highest prior to bedtime) have helped forum members overcome insomnia. The supplement allows them to get some much-needed quality restorative sleep, which encourages the healing process. Of course, when considering supplements, it's important to do your own research and speak with a trusted medical professional about the benefits and risks involved.  

4. Focus on magnesium intake

Many cases of neck pain are the result of muscle strains or sprains. Ask your doctor or a nutritionist about adding magnesium-rich foods or a magnesium supplement to your diet. Magnesium is an essential mineral that helps contract and relax muscles, and a supplement may help you avoid neck muscle pain. Magnesium is found in certain fruits, vegetables, nuts, peas, beans, soy products and whole grains. You can also absorb magnesium by soaking in an epsom salt bath. Some forum members note how magnesium reduces muscle tightness in their neck. Find more lesser know tips on easing neck pain, continue reading full article here.