This section will feature tips for how to get rid of neck pain from sleeping wrong. The following natural therapies and remedies may be effective for getting rid of neck pain:
1. Exercise the Muscles
Regular exercise is important for improving muscle strength and reducing inflammation. At the same time, inactivity can weaken the muscles around the neck that hold the head in place. You can also try neck pain exercises for relief.
Simply place your left hand on the side of your neck, and softly push your hand against your neck. Rotate your head in each direction for five to 10 seconds, and then relaxing for five to 10 minutes. You can also deepen the stretch by slowly pulling the head toward your chest and in the direction of your knee, until you reach a new ending point. Repeat the neck exercise two or three times.
2. Shower or Soak with Bath Salts
Water may do wonders for your neck pain from sleeping wrong. When taking a shower, run lukewarm or hot water over your neck and head for about five minutes. Remember to keep your neck straight during the shower.
Alternatively, you can also soak in a warm bath with Epsom salt. This can improve circulation and relieve tension in your neck muscles.
3. Apply Heat or Cold
Heating pads can also help you get rid of neck pain from sleeping wrong. In just a few minutes, a heating pad can help stimulate the blood flow to the neck. Ice packs are also thought to relieve neck pain even better than a hot compress when applied the painful area for a short period of time.
Hydrotherapy is also called water therapy, and it involves a shower massage with warm water. You will massage your neck with warm water for about four minutes, before having a cold-water massage for around 30 seconds.
Acupuncture is a holistic health therapy that stems from traditional Chinese medicine, where trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles on the skin.
A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2009 confirmed the short-term effectiveness and efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of neck pain.
5. Massage Therapy
A randomized study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain in 2009 suggests that massage therapy is safe and effective for the short-term treatment of chronic neck pain. You can also massage the neck with essential oils like citronella, lavender, and tea tree oils.
6. Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors can also relieve neck pain naturally with targeted spinal adjustments. Research shows that for every inch your head sticks out from its center of gravity, the neck bears an extra 10 pounds of stress.
Spinal rehabilitation exercises and chiropractic adjustments may help you develop proper posture of the shoulders, head, and neck while also reducing pain in these areas.
7. Anti-Inflammatory Diet
High levels of inflammation can also make your neck muscles more susceptible to pain. You can help control inflammation and speed your ability to heal with an anti-inflammatory diet of whole foods, especially green leafy vegetables, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, free-range eggs, grass-fed meat, wild fish, and probiotic foods like sauerkraut and kimchi.
An anti-inflammatory diet will also limit processed meats, packaged snacks, alcohol, refined grains, and chemically sprayed conventional crops.