- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Home Remedy for Shoulder and Neck Pain
Facts about Neck and Shoulder Pain
- 60+ percent of people out there will experience neck pain at some point in their lives
- Neck pain can be caused by poor posture, a strain, trauma, pinched nerve, to name a few
- Neck pain may also present because of a cancer, arterial problem, or a herniated disc
- Millions of people also may get shoulder pain during their lives
- Nerves of the lower neck innervate (communicate to) the shoulder
Are My Neck and Shoulder Pain Related?
Sometimes Your Neck and Shoulder Pain are Linked.
Your lower neck nerves supply the shoulders. Many times the neck can be the cause of your shoulder problems.
Other times the shoulder pain can be completely separate from the neck. Maybe an injury directly to the shoulder, or from a throwing injury, or a golf or tennis injury.
Have You Sought Treatment For Your Pain?
What Neck or Shoulder Treatment Did You Do?
Sleep on a Supportive Neck Pillow
Avoid Shoulder and Neck Pain by Sleeping a Supportive neck Pillow
By simply changing the type of neck pillow you sleep on you can avoid a lot of neck pain and shoulder pain. Personally i prefer fiber filled pillows. They support your head and neck better and most importantly they are comfortable. A foam pillow can mold to your head and neck yes, but that is not really what you want. You want a pillow that will support you. A pillow with neck rolls on it achieves this. Usually you can easily sleep on your back and on your side.
One foam pillow that I do recommend is the sidesleeper neck pillow. See video below.If you have broad shoulders this pillow may work very well for you.
Review of the Side Sleeper Pillow.
Work out Muscle spasms in the neck and shoulder
Trigger points are very painful knots of muscle that when pressed can cause a pinching, sharp type of pain. A lot of sensitivity may be felt in that area. These trigger points can occur in all the shoulder muscles and also the neck muscles. Some examples of this are: the trapezius muscle, the rhomboid major and minor, and the levator scapulae muscles. In particular the trapezius muscle can be extremely painful.
How to treat trigger points?
See a massage therapist. They specialize in trigger points. They know what kind of pressure to apply and most importantly where to find trigger points. Another treatment is to use a tool such a theracane to work out trigger points on your own at home.
Use ice and heat for neck and shoulder pain
Hot Moist Therapy can Ease a Lot of Shoulder and Neck Pain.
Knowing when to use heat and ice for neck and shoulder issues is key. If you have have a chronic issue, meaning that this pain has been going on for a long time, use a hot pack. The easiest thing to do it to pop the heat pack into the microwave for 2-4 minutes .If this injury just occured (for example you lifted something heavy) use ice. Remember R.I.C.E: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.