Make Neck And Back Pain A Thing Of The Past
Neck and back pain can really inhibit your daily routines and activities. If you’re suffering from pain in your neck, shoulders, back, or spine, it can be difficult to go about your day, exercise, find a comfortable position while trying to sleep, and more.
Neck and back pain is so common, most doctors consider it part of the human condition. These very common and normal pains are totally treatable however; usually, they may be treated without narcotics or procedures. Here are a few ways you can relieve some of that pain:
Figure Out The Cause
First, you want to figure out what’s causing your pain. Sometimes, this is easy – if you spent a day working in the garden, painting, or working on some other house project that required you to move your arm in a repetitive motion you don’t normally, or crane your head back, that’s probably the cause. Generally, we are so out of shape and deconditioned that even normal activities cause muscle soreness. While this is quite sad, it is quite true.
However, sometimes neck and back pain can point to an underlying issue that needs addressing. Either way, if your pain is very sharp, doesn’t fade with OTC painkillers, rest, and ice, it’s a good idea to always consult with your doctor about it. If you have any reason to think your back pain is more than muscle soreness, it never hurts to seek professional evaluation.
Change How You Sleep
One of the best ways to fight neck and back pain is through ensuring you’re laying in a comfortable position when you sleep – one that doesn’t put undue strain on those areas. Your body does most of its self-healing work while you’re sleeping, so this is a great time to give any aches and pains a rest and time to recover.
You should only sleep with one pillow under your head/neck at night. To make sure your neck is properly supported while you sleep, you can tuck a small neck roll into your pillowcase, use a special pillow with built-in neck support, and make sure to sleep on your side or back.
For back pain, you’ll want to do the following:
- Lay flat on your back.
- Tuck a pillow under your knees to protect the curve in your lower back.
- You can also place a smaller pillow or rolled-up towel under the small of your back for additional support.
Visit A Physical Therapist
If your pain persists, it’s time to visit a physical therapist. Our expert team is trained in many techniques including dry needling, therapeutic massage and muscle manipulation, electrical stimulation for nerve pain release, and more to help you find the relief you need. Countless studies have demonstrated the power of exercise and therapy over back and neck pain; empower yourself today and call your physical therapist.
Make your appointment today!