I woke up this Monday with a stiff and sore neck. I must’ve slept in an awkward position or something, because my neck was hurting even if I tried turning it slowly. I was like a Robogirl! So, I called in sick and went to see my physical therapist who recommended R.I.C.E. therapy and some low-impact stretches which really helped me. In less than 3 days I was able to move my neck again.
But what is neck pain, anyway?
Your neck is made up of vertebrae that extend from the skull to the upper torso. Cervical discs absorb shock between the bones. The bones, ligaments, and muscles of your neck support your head and allow for motion. Any abnormalities, inflammation, or injury can cause neck pain or stiffness. Many people experience neck pain or stiffness occasionally. In many cases, it’s due to poor posture or overuse. Sometimes, neck pain is caused by injury from a fall, contact sports, or whiplash. Most of the time, neck pain isn’t a serious condition and can be relieved within a few days.
How I Got Rid Of Neck Pain
First, I applied the ice/heat therapy and rest all day…
Place ice in a towel and keep it in the painful area for 20 minutes then change it with a heating pad. Repeat this procedure for 2 hours. By applying ice on your sore neck will reduce inflammation and pain, numbing the area. Heat will relieve muscle tension.
…in the evening, I took a 20-minute warm Epsom Salt Bath…
So, fill your tub with water and add a cup of Epsom salt in it. Relax!
…and after the first day of struggle I applied a Homemade Salve made by my mother. I refuse using over-the-counter ointments, because the one made at home are often more effective. And cheaper!
- ⅔ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ cup fresh ginger root, grated
- ¼ cup dried comfrey
- ½ cup cocoa or shea butter
- ½ cup beeswax
- 40 drops cypress essential oil
- 40 drops rosemary essential oil
- 40 drops lavender essential oil
1. Place oil, comfrey, and ginger into the top of a double boiler. Warm the oil on low for at least an hour. Be sure that the oil is just warming and not a full simmer. Strain the oil using cheesecloth, a metal sieve, or mesh produce bag.
2. Add cocoa butter and beeswax to the oil and stir until all is melted. You may need to return to heat to fully melt beeswax and cocoa butter. Add essential oils when mixture has cooled enough to touch.