Neck pain can arise from soft tissues, bony parts of the back and neck, and joints holding the spine in alignment. Pain can be constant or intermittent (off and on). Intensity can vary from a dull ache to agony. The onset may be short-term, with or without apparent reason, or gradual and long-term.
A movement or mechanical problem with the way the spine moves or how an individual feels when they move the spine in certain ways or a previous injury to the neck for example whiplash or stress. Sitting at a desk for too long with a computer monitor that is below eye level is a common cause.
In many cases, it is not necessary to see your medical doctor for neck pain because it will resolve without any medication. However, you should see a pain-related healthcare practitioner such as a chiropractor if you experience numbness or tingling, severe pain, or pain that does not improve with medication. Applying ice to the neck area will sooth, and decrease the inflammation and swelling if there is any. Heat can be applied to loosen the neck muscles.
A visit to your doctor's office for neck pain often results in the prescripton of some form of pain medication or muscle relaxant; these medications have side effects and though they can provide temporary relief, they do not get to the root of the problem. As a result pain often resurfaces.
Natural approaches are targeted at finding and removing the cause of the pain. Alternatives to medication include therapies such as Natural alternatives include therapies such as IMS (intramuscular stimulation) and medical acupuncture with electro-stimulation, massage, active release therapy and hydrotherapy techniques. Natural anti-inflammatory remedies can also be helpful in managing the pain.
Rehabilitation exercises and lifestyle modifications such as education are also important factors that will help prevent further occurrance of your neck pain.
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