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Having A Stiff Neck? What To Try First

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It can be difficult to do things like drive or work without discomfort when you have a crick in the neck or other minor neck pain. If you are stiff, you can't turn your neck in a certain direction, and you are starting to feel like the stiffness is spreading to your shoulders and back, it's time to get help. Here are some of the things that you want to do to help get rid of the neck pain, and so you can start to recover and feel good again.

See a Massage Therapist

A massage therapist, such as from Beauty Forever Spa, can use a muscle relaxing cream to rub out the pain in your neck, shoulders and back, and can even massage into your scalp and head. With the proper massage techniques and treatment, you can help to relieve pain in the muscles, and loosen up the muscles to improve your range of movement. More than one treatment may be needed.

Try a Chiropractor

You want to see a skeletal specialist like a chiropractor to see if there is an area in your neck that is out of alignment, and to see what needs to be done to move it back into place. There are a lot of ways the chiropractor can move the skeletal structure into proper alignment so nothing is getting pulled, twisted or torn and causing pain.

Try Some Pain Relief Options at Home

Talk with the massage therapist and the chiropractor about what treatments you need to continue at home. This could include:

  • Icing
  • Hot tub or warm bath treatment
  • Over the counter pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Stretching

These are just some of the things that you could consider doing to help speed up the recovery and get rid of some of the pain and inflammation that is causing discomfort.

If there is still a lot of pain and treatment isn't working, then you may want to see a surgical professional for the issue. The chiropractor should let you know if they don't think that they will be able to treat the problem, and if the issue is something you need to go to the emergency room for. There are a lot of issues that can cause slight neck pain and discomfort, and if you are looking for a natural way to treat the pain and to deal with the injury, this is one of the best ways to get the treatment you need.