What Causes Neck Ache Pain?

What causes neck ache pain? Read this article and find out more.

The average adult head weighs close to eight pounds and is supported entirely by the muscles in the neck and upper back, so it isn't surprising that one of the most common complaints in adults is neck pain. Many regular activities in an adult's life can put stress and strain on the neck tissues, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Sitting too long at a desk, or driving long distances are two major roles in neck aches. others are working on computers for long periods of time, bad posture, bad sleeping position, toting unbalanced heavy loads and of course reaction to stress and tension in emotional states.

As a result of strain, the tendons can shorten and ligaments can lose their tensile strength. The neck muscles may go into spasms, causing not only neck problems, but also headaches and radiating pain in the arms and shoulders.

What you can do to relieve these pains without going to the doctor's office is some simple heating applications, massaging, stretching exercises and of course rest. Using heat increases the blood flow throughout the neck. Use heat packs, mud packs, warm baths or an arnica essence wrap. An arnice essence wrap is the use of 2 tablespoons tincture of arnica, 2 cups of water and 1/3 cup of rubbing alcohol. Soak a cotton cloth in the solution. Squeeze excess and put the cloth on neck. Cover with a dry cloth and leave it on for half hour. For a good massage, use a relaxing oil that can be made in the home. Use 1 ounce of St. John's wort oil, 2 drops angelica oil, 1 drop bay oil, 2 drops lemon balm oil and 7 drops sage oil. Dilute oils with a base oil (jojoba or avocado are best), and use just the fingertips apply a small amount of oil to neck. Begin at the bottom and move up slowly. Afterward keep neck warm with a scarf or soft cotton material.

Isometric exercises release tension and help alleviate neck spasms. To do this, clasp hands together behind head and press head firmly against hands for five seconds, then relax pressure. Next, bend head forward and apply gentle pressure with hands for ten seconds, relax pressure once again, and repeat five more times or as needed. Do not force head too far forward and stop if any pain is felt.

Stretching also is a good relaxer for sore muscles. Carefully bend head to right and hold for ten seconds, then roll gently, head forward, then to left. Then shrug shoulders, hold for a few seconds and then release. Repeat if needed. Go slowly and don't force head to shoulders, only go as comfortably as you feel.

A couple tips on how to prevent neck pain are simple basic ones but ones most people ignore. When using the phone, do not cradle the receiver between shoulder and ear. Consider trying a hands-free headset if phone usage is large. When sleeping do not sleep on stomach, instead lie on side with knees bent, this is also good for back problems. On long car rides, place a pillow behind the neck for support. Also the simply purchase of buying a good sturdy pillow that shapes to posture is one of the best and most easiest prevention for neck pains.

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