Whether you've injured yourself playing sports, sat in a car or at your desk too long, or slept in an awkward position, neck pain can make life unbearable. It's important to get relief quickly, not only so that you feel better, but also so you avoid further damaging the area. At NuView Health Medical, we have provided New York residents with neck pain treatment for many years. Following are the answers to several questions we often receive about neck pain.
What are Some Home Treatments?
For quick relief from neck pain, start with an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You may also wish to try alternating ice packs and heat packs to eliminate the pain in the area. Keep in mind that these treatments only reduce the pain associated with the sore neck. They do not cure the underlying problem that is causing the pain in the first place. Once you are free from pain, try to address the issue to prevent pain from returning.
How Can I Stretch the Muscles?
Just as it's important to stretch your leg muscles before and after a run, it's important to stretch your neck muscles if you are staring at a computer screen, driving, or looking down at your phone a lot. If you feel yourself getting tense or know you need to get up and move around but can't, try this stretching routine to prevent upper cervical pain:
- Roll your shoulders backward 10 times, and forward 10 times.
- Squeeze your shoulder blades together 10 times.
- Push your head backward and hold it there for 30 seconds.
- Raise each shoulder upwards toward your ear 10 times.
What is Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain?
Although the above treatments will work to provide pain relief or prevent a sore neck from happening, visiting the chiropractor is the best way to ensure a healthy head, neck, and spine for the future. Chiropractic care begins with small adjustments to the spinal column over time to get you back into alignment. Then, we can monitor your movement and readjust as necessary. It's a quick and painless appointment and you'll see great results after just one session.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Chiropractor for Neck Pain Treatment in New York, NY
Call NuView Health Medical today at (212) 588-7070 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor.