Proven Neck Pain Relief Tips

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Introduction

Here are my favorite neck pain relief tips that I personally use.

I can personally attest to this because I have suffered from chronic back and neck pain for many years.

As a result, I have tried many pain relief products, herbal pain remedies, prescribed pain medications, over-the-counter pain medications, exercises, injections, physical therapy, biofeedback and altering my diet to help with my neck pain relief.

Without a doubt, it has been a constant yet varied combination of all of these that gives me the most pain relief.

Don’t get me wrong – I do not use each of these on a daily basis, but over the years I have found which combinations work best for whatever type of situation I am facing.

For chronic neck pain, the tips listed below have proven to be the best combination that works for me, and I hope that they will help with your neck pain as well.

Ergonomic Pillow Use An Pillow For Neck Pain Relief

It is thought that the best position for our spines is to be in a “neutral” one.  Even while sleeping, a neutral position reduces stress on our bodies – particularly our spines.

When we sleep the majority of us are sleeping in “non-neutral” positions, which in turn creates stress on our necks and backs.

One of the ways to circumvent this problem is to use a pillow that contours to our natural sleeping position.

An ergonomic neck pain pillow does just that – the contour and shape of the pillow force the user, in this case, me, to sleep in a position that relieves the pressure and pain created when sleeping in unnatural positions.

It took a little while for me to get used to using my ergonomic pillow but over time it became an afterthought and my neck pain is better as a result.

I purchased my latest ergonomic pillow for neck pain at Amazon and have been quite happy with the results. We will be adding a video review of the pillow here on DW Product Reviews soon.

In the meantime, if you are interested in purchasing an ergonomic pillow you will find a nice selection of them here at Amazon.

*Note: As of yet, we are not affiliates of Amazon. Therefore, we do not receive any commission when we refer you to them.

Use Neck Pain Exercises For Neck Pain ReliefNeck Pain Exercises

I cannot stress the importance of exercising and stretching at least once a day to help with neck pain relief.

In fact, I do mild exercises twice a day (morning and evening), and I stretch at least three times per day (when I wake, in the afternoon, and before bed).

For the longest time, I was one of those who thought stretching and doing exercises was a complete waste of time because I did not see immediate results.

It was a dear friend who pushed me to keep up with my back and neck pain exercises and after a while, I was proved wrong – the exercises did help ease my neck and back pain.

Ever since I have been a huge advocate of daily stretching and exercises as a way to treat my chronic pain.

You can find a nice selection of videos that will show you how to properly stretch your neck and back in addition to a wide range of neck pain exercise videos here.

Chronic Pain Diet Chronic Pain Diet Foods

I used to love fried fatty foods and the thought of eating healthy things like turkey used to turn my stomach.

Until I did some research and found the majority of foods I loved to eat were actually contributing to my chronic pain!

How do you say?

Well, the biggest problem with fried and fatty foods is that they can cause inflammation – one of the biggest contributors to neck and pain.

So are things like gluten, soy, soybeans, and oils. If you were to take a look at your current diet, you will be surprised by just how much gluten and soy you are consuming with each meal you eat.

Another thing I used to love but had to stop eating is red meat. Oh, my mouth is watering at the thought of eating a nice, big, juicy ribeye. But alas, I know just how hard it is to digest red meat and that digestive problems contribute to chronic pain.

I know, it sucks right?

Well, I’ll be honest with you, it did suck at first.

But, the more I ate healthier foods, the more it helped with my neck pain relief, and I bet it would help with yours too.

There are many great tasting healthy recipes out there that you can slowly incorporate into your rotation.

I recommend you start off by removing one item from your diet, and it should be the item you feel will be the easiest for you to cut out.

A good place to start is to research chronic pain diets, so here are a few websites where you will find information and recipes that are not only healthy and good for your neck and back pain, but they’re tasty too!

  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322897.php
  2. https://www.aarp.org/food/diet-nutrition/info-03-2011/pain-fighting-foods.html
  3. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/anti-inflammatory-diet-can-relieve-pain-age/
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health/rheumatoid-arthritis/seven-day-meal-plan
  5. https://www.apmhealth.com/news-updates/apm-blog/content/pain-fighting-recipes
  6. https://www.painfreelivinglife.com/food-exercise/recipes/
  7. https://draxe.com/pain-triggering-foods/
  8. https://paindoctor.com/anti-inflammatory-dinner-recipes/
  9. https://www.doctoroz.com/episode/dr-andrew-weils-anti-inflammatory-diet (Video)
  10. https://www.betternutrition.com/eat-smart/10-foods-for-pain-management

In Conclusion

I am not a physician so you should not take mine or anyone else’s advice as medical advice.

I am someone who has suffered from chronic pain for over twenty years, during which I have tried many things to help with my pain.

This makes me an expert at dealing with chronic pain so I feel comfortable giving tips, such as the ones I just listed for neck pain relief, in order to help others like me who suffer daily with pain.

At the end of the day, the tips I listed will take time to get used to. But for me, it is well worth the time and effort needed to implement them.

Willi and I hope you find the neck pain relief you are looking for.

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Be well!

Resources

  1. https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-an-ergonomic-pillow.htm
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