Are you one of the millions suffering from neck pain? Having a sore neck and being an athlete is just par for the course. It’s something we all have to deal with at one time or another. That’s why we’ve been talking about it over the course of the last post and today’s piece.
If you missed our first post on neck pain, find it here. We discussed where neck pain can come from, and how much stress our necks are under each day.
Today, we’re going to discuss a few simple treatment options that you can use at home. If you’re searching for an affordable personal trainer in Raleigh NC that can help you hit your personal health goals, keep reading to see how CrossFit Invoke can help!
Treating Your Sore Neck at Home
Heat It Up
Once you realize you have a sore neck, one of the best things you can do is to apply heat to the sore area. A heating pad, or a moist heat pack can provide almost instant relief. The heat will improve the blood flow around the affected area. This will increase your body’s natural healing abilities. Apply the heat to your sore neck for 15 minutes at a time. Make sure your heating pad or pack is not too hot. You do not want to burn yourself by accident.
Stretch It Out
The next step is to stretch out your neck. We suggest that you stretch immediately after using the heat treatment we discussed above. To stretch your neck correctly, start by pulling your head to one side using one of your hands until you feel a light stretch. Hold it for 20 seconds. Do not hold the stretch for any less time than 20 seconds or you’re just wasting your time. Also, do not over stretch your neck. Hyper-extension can create even more pain issues.
Roll It Out
If you do not have a foam roller at home, we suggest you head out and pick one up today. A foam roller can provide instant relief for lots of muscle pains. Use your roller under your spine, right below the part of your neck that hurts the most. Since most athletes already suffer from tight muscles in this area, attending to neck muscles can really ease some of this type of pain.
Hopefully our last two posts will better inform you on what neck pain is and how to treat it. Be sure to visit our blog each day for the WOD and other healthy lifestyle tips. Want to take your fitness levels a step further? Continue reading to see why you should call CrossFit Invoke!
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