Most of us have slept in a bad posture or sat in front of the computer for a long time, in a bad position or posture or have worked with materials that required us to be in an uncomfortable and contracting position for the neck and shoulders; the result, a neck pain or stiff shoulders . But now we can relieve naturally, with these simple homemade tricks to relieve neck and shoulder pain in your own home.

Relieve neck and shoulder pain naturally

Anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen can help, it is not news, the problem is that we want to focus on a natural way to relieve neck and shoulder pain , and we know that with massages, heat and above all, preventing our neck and shoulders keep contracting we can cope without using any artificial chemicals to relieve neck and shoulder pain. On the sidelines, you can see information about this natural alternative to ibuprofen .

Heal with heat

Heat relieves pain, relaxes muscles, reduces joint stiffness, and speeds healing . You can use a heating pad set on low, a hot water bottle, or a heating pad. Or take a warm bath or shower to help relieve neck and shoulder pain .

Warm moisture relieves neck pain and stiffness due to muscle tension . Make a neck compress by soaking a towel in hot (not boiling) water. Fold it and squeeze it well; unfold it and put it on the nape area, nape and shoulders.

Cover the wet towel with a dry one and leave them for 10 minutes.
Now pass warm air from the hair dryer down your neck.

Apply some pressure to the affected area

A trick: Using your thumb or fingertips, apply firm pressure to the sore spot on your neck for about three minutes . This should reduce neck and shoulder pain significantly.

A gentle massage works wonders for neck and shoulder pain. Put the fingers of your left hand on the right side of your neck below your ear and massage the muscles in a downward motion toward your collarbone. Do it three times and repeat on the other side. Use a massage oil or lotion to which you will add a few drops of lavender or geranium oil to enhance the sedative effects.

Use a balm

Apply a cream known as an anti-irritant, as it irritates the nerve endings, diverting the brain’s attention to the pain. You can see more information about products that can help you, such as the cream  with Cayenne Pepper to relieve joint pain , such as knees and elbows, or even to comfort your body.

The best ways to prevent neck and shoulder pain

  • If you tend to sleep on your stomach, you can do your neck a favor by changing your nighttime posture. Instead, sleep on your back. And try to use a pillow that supports your neck, it is better to invest money in a good pillow than then invest it in expensive treatments to improve the health of the neck and spine . You should also consider investing in a new mattress if the one you have is old and sagging.
  • Make sure to sit in chairs that give good support to your back and head (buy a lumbar support roll if you need it, use a rolled towel or a small cushion behind your lower back), and be careful not to hunch over while sitting.
  • When standing or sitting, keep your ears, shoulders, and hips in a straight line.
  • Are you holding the phone in the crook of her neck? To avoid strain, hold the headset in your hand, or if you spend a lot of time talking on the phone, buy headphones or a speakerphone to avoid this poor posture.
  • If you are a woman with a large bust, wearing a sports bra can help relieve neck and shoulder pain . It offers more support and, since it has thicker straps than the others, it distributes the weight better over the shoulders.
  • Don’t overload your shoulder bag. It not only puts weight on your shoulders but it also alters your posture. The best alternatives are a backpack (but use both straps and buy one that has a strap across the chest) or a waist bag.
  • If you spend hours in front of the computer, make sure the monitor is angled and raised correctly so you don’t have to bend your neck or tilt your head to see it.

Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes. They can indirectly contribute to neck pain by diverting the spine, causing the neck to protrude forward.

Wear a scarf whenever the weather is cold or wet. Winter temperatures can aggravate neck stiffness and pain.

Don’t sit or sleep in a draft. Wear a scarf to bed if you have to sleep in a cold room.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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