- Exercise & Fitness
How To Cope With Neck And Back Pain
At some point in our life nearly all of us will suffer from neck or back pain or possibly both if your unlucky,there are factors which make the likelihood of getting neck or back pain higher but there are also ways to ease or stop the pain altogether without the need to visit expensive chiropractors.Now i have visited a chiropractor and will wholeheartedly recommend one if you suffer a lot with pain as just one visit can ease and free up the area with the pain and make you feel like a new person,however you will usually be expected to do some exercises at home to help keep the pain away,more on those later.My neck and back pain came after my fourth car crash,Unfortunately for me i have been in four big car crashes (None my Fault) that have all been from behind at speed and have resulted in minor whiplash and my vehicle being written off on all occasions.Weirdly my last crash resulted in hardly any whiplash even though the vehicle hit me at around 60mph.However 2 years on and after having a healthy payout i am now experiencing pain which comes on every couple of months and lasts for a week or so,whenever i turn my head left i get a pain at the top of my back and it is quite bad,however with the exercises i will show you it eases right off.
Now if you are unable to do any exercises to help the pain, you can ease it with a couple of different remedies,the first being heat patches,they come in a variety of sizes and makes but all do the same thing,by applying heat to the painful area it combats it and although may not take it away completely it does help a great deal as i have used them myself.You simply peal off the sticky backing and apply to the area,the heat will often last for up to 8 hours making them quite effective for when your at work or doing sport or something where you will need relief.Below are some examples.Secondly there is also heat gels available which can be easier as you just apply the gel to the effected area and it provides hours of relief.
Here are some example of exercises to help with any neck or back pain,firstly stand upright and rotate your neck to the right so you are looking in line with your right shoulder and hold for 10 seconds then turn to the left and repeat,after these two movements then look down so that your chin is touching your chest (or as far as comfortable)and hold for 10 seconds.Next move your head so that your left ear is touching your left shoulder and hold for 10 seconds,then move your head to your right shoulder and repeat for 10 seconds.After these exercises you can also do some exercises to strengthen your neck which will in turn help with any back pain as it is all connected.Put your hand to your forehead and push forward with your head against the strength of your own hand and hold for 10 seconds,repeat this to both sides of your head as well and this will build up the muscles in your neck decreasing the risk of the pain returning as your muscles will be more used to stretching and will be stronger.