How to Cure Neck Pain Fast: 8 Practical Methods

In real life, the problem of neck pain can be seen everywhere, especially those who are addicted to electronic devices and work for long periods of time are at a high risk of cervical pain. If you are suffering from neck pain or want to find a way to get rid of your neck pain problem, then you will gain a lot from reading this article carefully. In this article we will share 8 clinically proven methods to relieve and treat neck pain, so that you can quickly relieve neck discomfort and regain a healthy and comfortable life.

How to Cure Neck Pain Fast

1. Neck stretching and relaxation exercises

Neck stretching and relaxation exercises are a simple and effective method that can relieve tension and pain in neck muscles, prevent the occurrence of cervical spondylosis, and improve blood circulation and flexibility in the neck. The following are introductions and steps for some common neck stretching and relaxation exercises

A. Neck stretching and relaxation exercises

This is the most basic neck stretching exercise, which can stretch the muscles in the front and back direction of the neck, such as sternocleidomastoid, splenius, etc. You can follow these steps:

  1. Sit or stand up straight, keep your body straight, hang your hands naturally, raise your chest slightly, and press your shoulders slightly back and down.
  2. Slowly lower your head forward, bring your chin down toward your sternum, feel the stretch on the back of your neck, and hold for 20 seconds.
  3. Slowly tilt your head back, move your head backward, feel the stretch on the front of your neck, and hold for 20 seconds.
  4. Repeat this set of movements 3 to 4 times, resting for 5 seconds between each time.

B. Neck rotation and stretch

This is a more complex neck stretching exercise that can stretch the scalene muscles, sternocleidomastoid muscles, etc. in the neck. You can follow these steps:

  1. Sit or stand up straight, keep your body straight, hang your hands naturally, raise your chest slightly, and press your shoulders slightly back and down.
  2. Slowly turn your head to the left, rotate your neck as much as possible, place your left palm on the back of your head, and touch your right ear with your fingers. Stretch your other arm down, straighten your fingers, feel the stretch on the right side of your neck, and hold for 20 seconds.
  3. Slowly return the head to the neutral position, rest for 5 seconds, then repeat the above actions on the right side, feel the stretch on the left side of the neck, and hold for 20 seconds.
  4. Repeat this set of movements 3 to 4 times, resting for 5 seconds between each time

2. Hot and cold compress treatment

Cold compress and hot compress are two common physical therapy methods, which have a good relief effect in dealing with emergency body pain and body pain caused by old injuries. Although these two treatment methods achieve pain relief by changing the local temperature and blood flow velocity of the patient’s painful area, there are certain differences in their mechanism of action and scope of application.

The working principle of hot compress is to stimulate the location of neck pain through higher temperature, expand the blood vessels in the area, increase blood flow per unit time, promote metabolism, accelerate the absorption and self-repair of inflammatory tissue in the neck, and is more effective for chronic neck pain. good therapeutic effect.

The working principle of cold compress is to use ice packs or ice towels to stimulate the skin or mucous membranes of the neck to treat emergency neck pain. Cold compress can constrict the blood vessels in the affected area in a short period of time, reduce blood flow, and reduce blood vessel permeability, thereby reducing inflammation and neck edema. In addition, cold compress can reduce the sensitivity of nerve endings and play a certain anesthetic and analgesic effect. Cold compresses have a better therapeutic effect on acute injuries or inflammation in the neck..

3. Maintain a correct sleeping posture

Maintaining a correct sleeping position is an important aspect of treating and relieving neck pain. Because sleep is an important period for the human body to repair and adjust itself, if you sleep in a bad posture, it will increase the pressure and damage on the neck but will delay the recovery and recovery of the neck. Here are a few points you should pay attention to to maintain a correct sleeping position:

  1. Choose the right pillow; the height and hardness of the pillow should be suitable for the physiological curvature of your neck. Generally speaking, the height of the pillow should be between 10-15 cm, and the hardness of the pillow should be moderate to maintain neck comfort. and support. The pillow material should also be breathable and moisture-absorbent to keep your neck dry and clean.
  2. Choose a suitable sleeping position. The choice of sleeping position should be determined according to your physical condition and comfort level. Generally speaking, sleeping on your back and side are more suitable for patients with neck pain, while sleeping on your stomach is the least recommended sleeping position. When lying on your back, you should use pillows to cushion the curvature of your neck to keep your neck in a neutral position and avoid raising or lowering your head excessively. When sleeping on your side, you should use a pillow to fill the gap between your head and shoulders to keep your head and body level and avoid excessive tilting from side to side.
  3. Adjust your habits before and after going to bed. You should avoid excessive use of your eyes, brain, and neck before going to bed to avoid neck fatigue and tension. You can do some easy neck stretching and relaxation exercises before going to bed to improve the blood circulation and muscle condition of the neck. You should avoid getting up suddenly or twisting your neck forcefully after sleeping to avoid neck damage and pain. After sleeping, you can do some gentle neck activities and massage to restore the vitality and flexibility of your neck.

4. Neck Massage Therapy

Neck massage therapy is a method of stimulating specific parts and acupuncture points of the human body through appropriate massage methods, thereby dredging the meridians and promoting the recovery of the patient’s cervical spine. Neck massage therapy can help relieve and treat neck pain in the following ways:

  1. Neck massage can relieve local muscle spasm and tension, increase the flexibility and elasticity of the neck, thereby relieving neck pain caused by muscle strain or inflammation.
  2. Neck massage can improve blood circulation in the neck, accelerate metabolism, promote the absorption and repair of inflammatory tissue, thereby relieving chronic neck pain
  3. Neck massage can loosen soft tissue adhesions in the neck, correct cervical spine dislocation, and increase the stability of the cervical spine, thereby relieving neck pain caused by cervical spine degeneration or injury.

 

The effect of neck massage therapy will also vary from person to person. According to different types and symptoms of cervical spondylosis, you need to choose the massage technique and intensity that suits you to avoid over-stimulation or damage to the neck.

5. Drug treatment

Medication is one of the most effective treatments for cervical spine pain. The types of medications used in different treatment options also vary greatly. Generally speaking, clinical medicine divides the drug treatment of cervical spine pain into four types: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, neurotrophic drugs, and drugs for promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis.

A. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs)

These drugs can relieve pain and inflammation caused by cervical spondylosis. Common ones include ibuprofen, diclofenac sodium, celecoxib, etc. The therapeutic effects of these drugs are generally good, but long-term or high-dose use may cause side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, renal function damage, and increased cardiovascular risk.

B. Muscle relaxants

These drugs can relieve the spasm and tension of neck muscles. Common ones include eperisone hydrochloride, cyclobenzaprine, etc. This type of drug generally has a good therapeutic effect, but may cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, and dry mouth.

C. Nutritional nerve drugs

This type of drugs can improve the nutrition and function of compressed nerves. Commonly used drugs include vitamin B, methylcobalamin, mecobalamin, etc. These drugs generally have good therapeutic effects, but may cause side effects such as allergic reactions and gastrointestinal discomfort.

D. Drugs that promote blood circulation and remove blood stasis

These drugs can improve blood circulation in the neck and promote the absorption and repair of inflammatory tissues. Commonly used drugs include sodium aescinate, Mignelle rhizome infusion tablets, Gentongping granules, etc. The therapeutic effects of these drugs are generally good, but they may cause side effects such as bleeding tendencies and damage to liver and kidney function.

6. Cervical traction therapy

Cervical traction therapy is a method of treating cervical spine diseases and relieving neck pain. It stretches the neck through external force to enlarge the cervical vertebrae space and intervertebral foramen, relieve the compression of cervical vertebrae and nerves, relieve neck pain and spasm, and restore the normal function of the cervical vertebrae. Cervical traction therapy can improve blood circulation in the neck, promote the absorption and repair of inflammatory tissue, loosen soft tissue adhesions in the neck, correct cervical spine dislocation, and adjust the internal and external balance and curvature of the cervical spine.

There are two main common methods of cervical traction therapy:

a. Sitting traction: This method is to fix the head with a chin strap in a sitting position, and apply a certain amount of traction upward or behind through devices such as pulleys or springs to make the neck extend backward or neutral. The advantage of this method is that it is easy to operate and can be performed at home or in the office, or while studying or working while being towed. The disadvantage of this method is that the traction force is difficult to control and can easily cause dizziness, nausea and other discomforts. It is also not suitable for patients with spinal cord or vertebral artery cervical spondylosis.

b. Lying position traction: This method is to fix the head with a chin strap in a lying position, and apply a certain traction force in the horizontal direction through the pulley or electric device at the head of the bed to make the neck neutral or slightly flexed. The advantage of this method is that the traction force is easy to control, can be performed continuously or intermittently, is suitable for patients with various types of cervical spondylosis, and is relatively comfortable and safe. The disadvantage of this method is that it requires a special traction bed or equipment, which is usually performed in a hospital or rehabilitation center, and other activities cannot be performed while traction is performed.

7. Acupuncture therapy

Acupuncture therapy is an important treatment method in traditional Chinese medicine. It uses metal needles to penetrate specific acupoints on the human body and adjusts the body’s qi, blood and organ functions through appropriate techniques or current stimulation, thereby achieving the purpose of preventing and treating diseases.

Acupuncture can improve blood circulation in the neck, promote the absorption and modification of inflammatory tissue, relieve neck pain caused by nerve root or vertebral artery compression, relax neck muscles and fascia, and relieve neck pain caused by muscle strain.

The specific methods of acupuncture to treat neck pain are as follows:

  1. Choose appropriate acupoints and acupuncture techniques according to the type and symptoms of cervical spondylosis. Generally speaking, the commonly used acupoints for cervical spondylosis include Jiaji, Dazhui, Fengchi, Jianjing, Tianzong, etc. on the neck, as well as the distal Hegu, Quchi, Zusanli, and Kunlun points. wait. Acupuncture techniques include flat tonic and flattening techniques, twisting techniques, lifting and inserting techniques, vibration techniques, etc., depending on the actual condition of the disease.
  2. The angle and depth of acupuncture must be mastered to avoid damaging important structures in the neck, such as blood vessels, nerves, trachea, etc. Generally speaking, when acupuncture acupuncture points on the neck, the needle tip should be inserted downward or horizontally, and the depth should not exceed 1.5 cm. When acupuncture on distal acupoints, the needle tip should be inserted vertically or obliquely, and the depth should not exceed 2.5 cm.
  3. Pay attention to the time and frequency of acupuncture, as well as post-acupuncture health care. Generally speaking, acupuncture lasts for 15 to 30 minutes each time, once a day or every other day. A course of treatment is 10 to 15 times, with an interval of 3 to 5 days.

8. Traditional Chinese Medicine Pain Relief Patch

Traditional Chinese medicine analgesic patch is a penetrating traditional Chinese medicine compound preparation for external use, which has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and other effects. It uses corresponding Chinese herbal raw materials, grinds them and adds an appropriate amount of adhesives and synergists to make a paste, and then coats or fills them on non-woven fabrics or spunlaced fabrics and other materials. However, when patients suffer from neck pain, traditional Chinese medicine analgesic patches can be directly attached to the painful area and exert their efficacy through skin penetration, thus avoiding the side effects caused by the digestion and absorption of oral analgesics. At the same time, traditional Chinese medicine analgesic patches can also avoid the harm of drug addiction by reducing the dosage and frequency of medication.

Precautions when using traditional Chinese medicine analgesic patches

  • Before use, the skin of the affected area should be cleansed and dried to avoid any residue of grease or dirt, which may affect the absorption and fit of the drug.
  • Apply the traditional Chinese medicine analgesic patch to the painful area of the neck, being careful not to compress the arteries or veins in the neck to avoid affecting the blood circulation
  • Do not use it for more than 12 hours each time. You can use it 1-2 times a day. There should be an interval of 4-6 hours between each time to avoid skin allergies or irritation
  • After use, apply warm water or a wet towel to wipe the remaining medication on the affected area, and gently massage the neck to increase blood circulation and muscle relaxation.
  • After use, you should keep warm and avoid the stimulation of wind and cold on your neck to avoid recurrence or aggravation of neck pain

These are 8 effective ways to treat and relieve neck pain. These 8 treatment methods have gone through a large number of clinical medical experiments and can indeed solve the corresponding problems for patients with neck pain. However, different progressive pain patients have different causes, and they need to choose a treatment plan based on their actual situation. If you are having trouble deciding on a specific treatment, seek advice from a professional medical provider.

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