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.
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.
Neck 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
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!
- https://www.doctoroz.com/episode/dr-andrew-weils-anti-inflammatory-diet (Video)
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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