Neck pain is something that most people will experience at some point in their lives. According to the CDC, more than 20 percent pf people have gone through neck pain in the last three months alone. This is mainly caused by people spending more and more time at their computers or on their phones, whether it is for work or recreation.
No matter what the reason may be, looking down for too long causes the muscles around your neck to become overstretched and tired.
In this article, we will show you 15 home remedies for neck pain. Each of these remedies will come with step by step instructions on how to use them.
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help to ease up the tension and inflammation that is causing you the pain in your neck.
- Make a paste out of it using baking soda, water and turmeric.
- Mix it together until it forms a paste.
- Apply it to the area of the neck that hurts.
One of the best things that you can do to stop neck pain is going to be to stretch out those muscles. Proper posture is important too, making it so that you don’t have to stretch so much to begin with. By this we mean ensure that your monitor is at eye level and try not to tilt or twist your head too much. In the mean time, there are a few stretches that you can do to help alleviate neck pain.
- Squeeze together your shoulder blades around 10 times.
- Roll your shoulders down and back 10 times.
- Bring your ear down to your shoulder 10 times. Repeat on both sides.
- Push your head backwards into your hands or your headrest.
- Hold the position for 30 seconds.
3. Side Support Pillow
It is important that you are not only taking care of your neck when you are awake but when you are asleep as well. This means that you want to sleep in certain positions opposed to other ones that might harm your neck more than it might help it.
Try to only sleep on your back or on your side–avoid sleeping on your stomach at all costs. When you sleep on your stomach, you are not only twisting your head one way or the next for hours on end. You are also affecting your lower back due to the way your tummy sinks into the bed without the right amount of support.
Get a neck pillow to assist you with getting comfortable on your back or on your side.
4. Warm Compresses
Heat is always a good way to stop your muscles from aching, no matter what part of the body these compresses are on. Your neck can benefit from a warm compress pressed against it each night when you get home from driving long distances or working at a desk all day.
- Heating pad or homemade warm compress
- Make a heating compress pack by heating up a hand towel with water and putting it into a plastic bag.
- Press the warm compress to the part of your body that is painful.
- Try to warm it for 15 minutes at a time.
- Then, remove the warm compress and let your body sit on its own for 15 minutes.
- Repeat this process until the pain goes away.
5. Neck Collar
A neck collar is a good way to ensure that you are keeping your head sitting at the proper angle in order to avoid causing neck pain. These neck collars provide proper padding on all sides of the neck. most notably, they offer support in the “shelf” front of the neck so that you can rest your chin upon it without nodding your head too far forward.
You will find that it is pretty straightforward to use the neck collar. All that you have to do is slip the collar on over your head.
Ginger is also a natural anti-inflammatory that can help to increase the circulation around the neck area to help you feel less pain and inflammation.
- Boil some water
- Place the ginger into the bottom of the mug or mix the ingredient in. You need to ensure that it is thoroughly blended in.
- Cover the ginger with water.
- Allow it to stand and steep it for 10-15 minutes.
- Drink the whole cup up to two times a day.
- Drink it when your neck hurts or as a way to prevent it from hurting.
Taking a shower can help with your neck as well. You can do it at any time. It is called hydrotherapy in the world of muscle pain relief, but it comes down to putting water pressure on the neck to get the pain to go away.
- Stand in the shower and let the hot water hit your neck where it hurts.
- Use hot or warm water at first. Let it hit your neck for around three to four minutes.
- Turn on the cold water and lit it hit the neck for around 30 to 60 seconds.
- Repeat this process. You can do this as many times as it takes before your neck stops hurting.
8. Ice Pack
An ice pack is another way to use temperature to your advantage. The ice pack can help numb the nerves around your sore neck muscles. It can also reduce the inflammation that is likely to be responsible for the pain as well.
- Ice pack or ice in a ziploc baggie
- Make an ice pack by taking ice cubes and putting them into a plastic bag.
- Press the ice pack to the side of your face that is painful.
- Try to ice it for 15 minutes at a time.
- Then, remove the ice pack and let your face sit on its own for 15 minutes.
- Repeat this process until the pain goes away.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar boasts powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This gives it the ability to quickly relieve neck pain. It can also provide a number of nutrients through the skin that can stop the potential of a nutrient deficiency-related ache or pain.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Paper towel or hand towel
- Pour the apple cider vinegar into a bowl.
- Use a cotton ball to dip into the bowl of apple cider vinegar.
- Apply the apple cider vinegar directly to the skin.
- You want to cover the affected area generously for best results.
- Be mindful not to get any of the apple cider vinegar in your eyes.
10. Black Sesame Seeds
Black sesame seeds are naturally rich in both calcium and magnesium. There are other minerals like zinc and copper that assist in the pain relief as well. You can make a paste out of these seeds in order to get the best results.
- Make a paste out of them by mixing the black sesame seeds, yogurt and water together.
- Apply it to the skin.
- You could also eat it in your meals.
11. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is beautifully aromatic, making it not only a great pain reliever but a good choice for aromatherapy as well. It is effective especially when it is paired with massage therapy, so consider going seeing a masseuse if your neck pain is that bad. If your neck pain is mild, just lavender oil is one of the most effective and pleasant home remedies for neck pain.
- Lavender oil
- Paper towel or hand towel
- Put some lavender oil onto a cotton swab
- Dab the cotton swab around the neck where it hurts the most
- Do not rinse it off. Instead, let it soak in
12. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is a natural anti-inflammatory that can ease neck pain from the inside out. This type of pepper can be purchased at any local grocery store or health food store. This one of the easiest home remedies for neck pain you can prepare.
- Cayenne pepper
- Baking soda
You can cook it into your food or make a paste out of it. The food would likely taste better, but if you would like to make a paste, here are the steps.
- Combine cayenne pepper, baking soda and water.
- Mix it together to make a paste.
- Use a cotton swab and apply the paste directly to the neck where it hurts.
Magnesium is great for relieving all types of pain. It is especially useful at getting your muscles to relax while relieving nerve pain at the same time. Magnesium can be consumed through different types of food or it can be taken as a supplement
- Magnesium supplements or:
- Magnesium rich foods such as:
- Dark chocolate
- Peanut butter
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sweet corn
- Whole wheat bread
Cook up some of these foods or eat them as snacks. Try to hit the recommended daily value of these as often as you can.
Garlic is yet another natural anti-inflammatory. This anti-inflammatory can bring down the swelling and inflammation in your neck to ease the neck pain. You can enjoy garlic in a tea.
- Tea bag
- Boil water.
- Combine the hot water and the garlic into a mug.
- Stir and let it sit.
- Drink the garlic tea a few times a day.
- Eat foods that are full of fresh garlic
15. Mint Essential Oil
Mint offers a cooling effect that can soothe the neck with the help of menthol.
- Mint oil
- Cotton ball
- Dab mint essential oils onto the affected area.
- Do this to soothe the area that hurts the most.
- Use a cotton ball or swab instead of your hands.
Neck pain is bound to happen to you at some point, so read over this list of home remedies for neck pain to get prepared. Do you have a go-to neck pain remedy? Tell us about it in the comments section below.