Spine Health recommends that patients with chronic neck pain consider the following remedies in addition to medications and cold/heat treatment. As always, the best course of action before starting any treatment for any medical condition is to speak with your physician.
- Select a chair that supports your neck. People who sit in chairs, as many people in pain do, place extra stress on their neck when the hunch forward. A headrest “can help to keep your cervical spine in a neutral position.” Use headrests in recliners and your car. If you work or play with computers, your eyes should level with the top 1/3 of the monitor.
- Try a water pillow. There’s no perfect pillow for sleeping when you have neck pain. Still, one that supports your neck can help. With water pillows, it’s easy to adjust the firmness of the pillow.
- Try getting into the water. Swimming is generally helpful for people with neck pain or back pain because the buoyancy of the water means there is less stress on the spine. Your physician can let you know whether you want to try swimming in addition to just standing in the water.
- Meditation may help. Relaxing the mind can sometimes help relax the body by easing your stress.
- Try writing in a journal or leaving an audio journal. Keeping a journal or your emotions which may help determine if there are any reasons your neck pain gets worse – such as eating certain foods or being involved in certain activities
- Be aware of the technology you use. The way you talk on your phone or write on use a tablet can be affecting your neck.
Spine Health has a few more recommendations such as:
- Working with a physical therapist
- Trying cognitive behavior therapy.
This blog does not constitute medical advice. Readers should consult with their doctors for exercise advice.
Our Medical Team: Drs. Anju Madnani and Sanjay Madnani have decades of experience helping people in pain. While we hope you never have any pain, we’re here to help if your pain is preventing your from sleeping, working, or enjoying life. We work to determine the source of your pain. We then recommend the appropriate medical treatments.
We see people who live or work in Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Mercer County. Our office is in Langhorne, Pa – close to Newtown, Doylestown, Levittown, and Richboro. To schedule an appointment, call 215-741-7031 or 215-504-2815.