Neck Pain Home Remedies

Home remedy for neck pain may be of help in alleviating pain, swelling, and rigidity associated with a neck problem.

Place ice and cold packs on the painful area.

Put ice or cold packs on the painful area for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day or at least once per hour for 1 or 2 days. Cold helps reduce swelling and pain. Avoid direct contact with your skin by putting a towel between your skin and the ice in case it may damage your skin. Be sure not to fall asleep with ice on your skin.

Try ice massage. Massage the injured spot with ice for 2 to 7 minutes, long enough to numb the pain. Ice frozen in a foam cup works well. Be careful not to damage your skin (frostbite).

Gently massage or rub the injured area to lessen pain and speed up blood circulation. Stop massaging the injured area if you pain increases.

Be sure to avoid such things as showers, hot tubs, hot packs, or alcoholic beverages for the first 2 days after an injury as these things may aggravate your swelling.

After two or three days, if swelling has disappeared, you can use heat. Use a warm pack or heating pad set on low. According to some experts, alternate use of heat and cold therapy is more effective. It is believed that the combination of gentle exercise and moist heat may assist you in regaining and keeping flexibility.

Keep your daily routines if you don’t have acute pain in neck and back. Change or stop any activity that increases your pain.

Keep good posture. Poor posture such as slouching or a head-forward posture may aggravate your pain.

Put a pillow not under your head but under your neck to have your neck supported when resting in bed.

So long as the pain is lessened, start doing neck exercises. Start each exercise with 5 repetitions twice a day and gradually increase to 10 as you are able. Stop doing any exercises that increases pain.

If tension adds pain to your neck, massage may be effective.
Stop smoking. Smokers require longer time to heal than nonsmokers because smoking reduce blood circulation and slow tissue repair.

Nonprescription Drugs

Take a nonprescription medicine to treat your fever or pain:
Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs):
Ibuprofen, such as Advil or Motrin
Naproxen, such as Aleve or Naprosyn
Aspirin (also a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug), such as Bayer or Bufferin

Consult your child’s doctor before you use alternatively between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Alternative use of two medicines puts your child under the risk of taking much medicine.

Safety Tips

Keep these safety tips in mind when you use a nonprescription medicine:

Make sure you read carefully and follow all directions on the drug bottle and box.
Do not to take too much dose, do as advised.
Avoid a medicine if you are allergic to it before.
If someone has told you not to use a certain medicine, consult your doctor before taking it.
If you are or are likely to be pregnant, acetaminophen is the only choice unless your doctor gives you some other alternatives.
Be sure not to take aspirin if you are no more than 20 years old unless your doctor tells you to.

New or increased weakness or numbness occurs in your arms or legs.
Loss of control of your bowels or bladder occurs.
Pain gets worse or lasts for more than 2 weeks.
Symptoms do not get better with home remedy.
Symptoms become get worse and more frequent.