Neck pain: natural solutions to relieve tension

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Neck pain: natural solutions to relieve tension
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Neck pain can be caused by multiple reasons. The stress of life, work stress, cold temperatures, knocks or bad posture are all factors that can cause you pain. The cervical area is an important area in your body which is used to send messages like “I’m not feeling well” or “you shouldn’t be doing this” to your brain. In short, if you have a sore neck, there is a problem. However detecting this problem isn’t easy. You have to concentrate, and be aware when you feel pain somewhere which may be seemingly unrelated. Here are some tips to relieve your neck pain which might help you find the root of the pain. 

Make your own soothing compress

If you have a sore neck, a soothing compress is an ideal solution.  You can easily target the prickling pain.  Rosemary is very effective at soothing your neuro-muscular system and has relaxing properties if combined with climbing ivy leaves and heat.  You can follow this simple recipe:

  • 40 g of dried climbing ivy leaves ;
  • 40 g of dried rosemary;
  • Cotton material (the thinner the better) 

Infuse the mixture of leaves and dried herbs in 75 ml of water and bring the mixture to the boil.  Leave to infuse for a further 10 minutes off the heat.  Now filter the infusion and once it is cooled enough to dip your hand in.  Now you can soak your cloth in the mixture.  Place the cloth on to the affected area.  The combination of the mixture and the heat will help to relieve the pain. Once applied, just let yourself relax!

You can apply the compress 2 to 3 times per day until your pain is relieved or you feel less tense.

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Microwaveable Flax Seed Neck Pillow

A flax seed cushion is a great solution. A neck cushion often has a circular shape which makes it relieve any tensions.
Buy or make your cushion yourself (if you have sewing skills). You can place it in the oven at a low temperature, or in the microwave for a moment or next to a lit fireplace. You can also heat it naturally, if it is a hot summers day. You can then benefit from the photonic contributions transmitted by the sun. However, this won’t work if you are in a hurry or if it is the middle of winter.

You can also read: 7 postures to avoid back pain

Take time to relax

Your cervical area is a very interesting and important part of your body.  Nerves in this area can transmit pain signals to the brain.  It is therefore very sensitive to slightest problem in your life.
It is also the part of the body that you use very frequently, all day long, which is why it is susceptible to being hurt. We are often riveted to our phone and computer screens and they are never positioned they way the ought to be.  Our neck can therefore be subjected to positions that are unnatural and are the root of many neck pain cases.  You can improve your computer position by raising your screen and lowering your seat so your eyes are level with the middle of your computer screen.
Lastly, although it is one of the most important pieces of information.  Remember to relax! If your neck is sore it is probably because it is tense.  Therefore you should relax and give yourself some “you time”.  Breathe well and massage your neck when you notice a niggling pain appearing.

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