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5 Tips to Relieve Neck Pain

Recurrent or sudden neck pain doesn't necessarily indicate a serious medical problem. But if you deal with neck pain on a daily or weekly basis, simple modifications can help relieve pain. Rather than live with discomfort, consider four ways to reduce inflammation and ease stiffness.

1. Take an anti-inflammatory medication. Muscle strain can trigger neck pain. You might experience pain after exercising or after a sudden movement. Take OTC medication as directed to reduce inflammation and stiffness. Avoid activities that triggered the pain.

2. Give your neck a break. Standing on your feet or sitting at a computer can cause muscle strain in the neck. Short breaks throughout the day can relieve strain and reduce discomfort. Even if you can't lie down, standing up and stretching your neck from side to side helps loosen your muscles.

3. Apply heat or cold to your neck. Cold is recommended for an injury, whereas heat works best for chronic pain. Apply either compress in 10 to 15 minute intervals.

4. Buy a better pillow. A too soft or too firm pillow can also bring on neck pain. Invest in a pillow that offers better support by keeping your neck in alignment with your spine.

September 10, 2012
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Dr. Justin Snyder