During my years of practice two of the most common areas that cause a great deal of discomfort and pain for people is Neck and Shoulder pain.
I would like to go through here with you some of the common causes and how they can be most effectively treated.
You have a nine to five job or even longer, sitting at a computer all day. Then the chances of your suffering from annoying neck and shoulder pain are very high.
Obviously this isn’t the only career that suffers from this. Causes can range from stress and distressing situations, manual labour, carers often suffer from this. Not just because of the manual work.
But because of the great responsibility of having someone else to care for. This is where you carry your stress and your responsibilities of the world.
May range from mild to severe with pain being from headaches, lower back pain, hand pain to maybe even some loss of movement within your arms
Common Causes, Treatment and Prevention!!!
- Stress and Distressful times: Feeling that things are all going wrong, with no real resolution. Taking on more than we are able to handle. Lack of sleep leads to us feeling more stressed about our situation. Not eating properly also leads to stress. Learn more: How to cope with Stress.
- Infection: Often if your glands are swollen in your neck area this may well be a viral infection. In this case things such as garlic, ginger, lemon juice and herbs such as echinacea will be helpful. Including rest and lots of water.
- Constant or Overuse of a muscle or tendon: This is quite common when playing sport. It is important here to remember to always warm up and cool down effectively with stretching exercises. So stretch the muscles and tendons, this includes your neck, shoulders, arms and legs. You could also include a gentle jog on the spot before and after your sport event. Moving only seems to aggravate the problem causing further pain and discomfort..
- The conventional way of treatment used such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs are what are most commonly prescribed. However, as with most medications there are unfavourable side effects, especially when taken over a long period of time. Probably even worse still their effect diminishes very quickly, as our body overrides the medication in an attempt to correct the problem.
Problem with Medicated Crèmes
Many of the medicated crèmes are purely chemically based will give little to no real time pain relief not to mention skin irritation and unwanted side effects from the crème being absorbed into our bloodstream.
The safest is to use pure essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus and chamomile.
Correcting Your Posture: Ensuring that you have correct posture whether sitting or walking is vital to prevent problems with your neck, shoulders and back pain. When doing manual and physical work ensure both correct posture and also lifting as well.
Hot and cold compresses: alternating with hot and cold compresses for 20 minutes several times a day.
Warm bath: Either in the morning before work or at the end of the day: Maybe even both add ½ cup of Epsom salts and a couple of drops of lavender oil and RELAX
Stretching and Rotating: Throughout the day you will find it helpful to stretch your neck and shoulder area with firm but gentle stretches. Rotating your shoulders both clockwise and anti- clockwise is helpful
Massage: If you suffer constantly with this problem, one of the best ways to keep at bay, whilst incorporating the above support, is to have regular professional massage treatments. This is especially beneficial if you have a pinched nerve that is causing the problems. Massage will serve you in two ways as a preventive and also as a treatment. Assists with reducing inflammation, bringing movement back to the joint or area. Whilst helping to reduce swelling. However if there is swelling massage should be gentle not deep tissue.
Herbal medicine and Nutrition (implementing a diet with the majority of foods being alkaline forming) play a vital role in helping the body to overcome pain and inflammation without causing any further harm.
Empowering You to Optimal Health Julie Doherty N.D