If you’re among the thousands of Missouri residents suffering from chronic neck pain, it’s important to know you’re not alone. At Thrive Chiropractic in Branson, we’ve helped hundreds of patients effectively relieve their neck pain and discomfort through specialized chiropractic care. Many of our neck pain patients ask us for tips on how to ease their neck pain at home in between their regular chiropractic treatments. While there are many natural remedies and tips available to minimize neck pain, below are five of our personal favorites.
Did you know that the discs between the vertebrae in your spine need water to maintain proper disc height, spinal alignment and to take harmful pressure off of your spine? While we understand how challenging it can be to maintain strong hydration habits, doing so can help prevent degenerative damage of your cervical discs, which can lead to a direct reduction in neck pain. Some tips for staying hydrated are:
Carry a one liter water bottle with you all day to serve as a reminder to stay hydrated.
Pair your daily water intake with your daily habits. An example of this could be drinking a full glass of water after you brush your teeth or before you eat a meal.
Schedule times throughout the day where you take water breaks.
Be Careful Using Your Phone
Many of our chiropractic patients don’t realize how talking on their cell phone can aggravate their neck. While you may not realize it, cradling your phone between your neck and shoulder can put unwanted strain on your cervical spine, causing neck and spine discomfort. A few tips for reducing neck pain with your phone include:
Use a bluetooth or hands-free headset to make calls.
When you’re browsing the internet or texting, try to avoid straining your neck to look down at your phone.
If your job requires you to be on the phone all day, be sure to take frequent breaks to stretch your neck.
Did you know that swimming can have a therapeutic and chiropractic effect on neck pain, specifically when it comes to inflammation? Making a weekly routine of swimming can help ease any neck stiffness you may be feeling, not to mention it’s a great workout for your entire body!
Increase Your Magnesium Intake
Magnesium is a mineral that aids in the overall contraction and relaxation of your muscles. Since neck pain is often a result of a muscle strain or muscle pain, increasing your daily intake of magnesium may help reduce your neck pain. A few tips to help increase your magnesium intake include:
Eat more foods with magnesium including fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains.
Take a bath with epsom salt or a similar supplement to absorb more magnesium through your skin.
Apply magnesium oil to your skin after a warm shower or bath.
Choose A Neck-Supporting Chair
If your job requires you to sit down at a desk all day, make sure your desk chair provides ample neck support. A simple headrest can help keep your cervical spine in a neutral position, improve your overall posture and decrease your neck pain.
If you’ve tried all of the tips above and are still dealing with chronic neck pain, contact a certified chiropractor at Thrive Chiropractic today. When you visit our state-of-the-art facility in Branson, we’ll take the time to thoroughly understand your neck pain before recommending the best chiropractic treatment solution for your condition. Whether you’re suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches or sciatica, our certified chiropractors have the experience and tools needed to effectively treat and eliminate any discomfort you may be feeling.