Neck Pain Treatments

Neck pain may come about for a number of possible reasons, including bad posture, neck injuries, and cervical degenerative disc disease. The neck pain treatment that you use will be customized according to the source of your pain problem. Neck pain treatments include acupuncture, chiropractic care, exercise and physical therapy, and the Mckenzie method.

Other neck pain treatments include postural improvements, massage therapy, Pilates, smoking cessation, sleeping/rest, Tai Chi and Yoga, and water therapy. Many of these treatments are designed to treat the symptoms of neck conditions, while many include movement therapies that make the neck and upper body stronger. As the neck and upper body get stronger, they reduce the chances that the same injuries cause a recurrence of pain in the future. Why? The reason is because making the neck and upper stronger take pressure off of the spinal ligaments and cervical discs of the neck.

Let's take a look some of these neck pain treatments and what clinical benefits they may offer you.

Acupuncture: The idea of acupuncture is that we may reverse the progression of disease by restoring the natural flow of energy through energy channels in our body. These energy channels are known as Meridians and we can't observe them directly using any known available technologies. We may increase energy flow in these channels by stimulating certain points on our body. These points are known as Meridian points or acupuncture. These points are located just below the surfaces of our skin and ears. As these acupuncture points are stimulated, the blockage of flow in these energy channels is reversed, and the pain should go away.

The most well known form of acupuncture involves tiny needles that are placed at various places throughout the body. These needles are much thinner that the hypodermic ones you are used to getting stuck with at your doctor appointments. In fact, they are about as thick as a human hair. These needles are so thin that they don't elicit a painful feeling, but rather a tingling sensation and warmth. A small percentage of people may experience some sensitivity associated with the skin puncture, but it is much less intense that those used for blood draws and medicine injections.

Physical therapy: The exercises that are performed to treat cervical pain may be quite different than those for lumbar back pain. The motions and exercises are designed to alleviate pressure on the cervical spinal nerves, discs, and ligaments. You will learn how to perform these exercises under the guidance of a physical therapist, physician, or chiropractor. The neck exercises are designed to improve your posture, strengthen and straighten your neck and vertebrae, and prevent against future neck injuries and cases of acute neck pain.

The following is a brief list of neck exercises that have the potential of bringing about rapid neck pain relief.

Neck Retraction - When sitting down or lying face up, bring your head straight back, keeping your eyes on the horizon. Then return to normal. Repeat 10 times.

Head Drop - While sitting or standing upright, align your body so that you are in the neutral position. Next, raise your chin so that it is in the highest possible position and you are able to look straight up. Raise your head up slowly as you retract your neck. Return to neutral. Repeat these movements 10 times. Perform this exercise twice in an exercise session.

Side Bend - Sit down in an upright orientation with your upper body in the neutral position. Next, place your left hand on top of your head, and use it to guide you head slowly towards your left shoulder. Stop when you feel a stretch on the right side of your neck. Return to neutral. Repeat this movement five times on each side.

Rotation - Take a seat in an upright position, with your head and neck in the neutral position. Next, bring your head into the neck-retraction position. Turn your head one way so that your nose is directly over one shoulder. Return to neutral. Perform this same movement to the other shoulder. Repeat this exercise five times in each direction (right and left).