With more and more types of employment requiring us to adopt seating positions, usually at a desk or table for long periods of time, it is hardly a surprise that neck pain is a common complaint amongst us. Neck pain can be debilitating, it can be the type of pain which comes and goes or it could be the type of pain which lingers and is around all of the time at varying degrees of severity. It can be caused by a number of factors, trauma, injury, osteoarthritis, bad posture, repetitive strain injury, fractures and infections, to name but a few. What is for sure is that it has to be dealt with at as early a stage as possible in order to prevent the condition worsening. 

Often, it is the case that we are not sure with regard to the cause of the pain. It is always advisable to have a check up with your physician, especially if you notice any symptoms such as numbness or tingling or spasms. Neck pain can have serious implications or it can be much less serious but it does need to be thoroughly checked. Being mindful of your seating posture when at work is always a good first step, making sure that your seat is comfortable and correctly positioned. So, if we are a sufferer of chronic neck pain, what can we do to mitigate the pain?

  • Exercise is always a good start, moving the neck gently from side to side and back and forward to release any tense muscles.
  • Have a relaxing bath with your favourite bath salts to soothe and calm.
  • Check and correct your posture by considering the use of a back brace. Sometimes pain can be felt in the neck when in actual fact, the source of the pain is in fact somewhere else in the back.
  • Apply a heat or a cold pack for some relief. Alternating between the two can often provide relief
  • Rest is important and finding a position which will allow your neck to comfortably be supported is advised
  • Making use of physiotherapy can also be a good first step and there are other professionals who can offer their help and advice with the situation.

With any type of neck pain, it is important to try to identify the cause, otherwise, you will be left continually trying to treat symptoms all of the time. You can learn how to treat it properly here: www.chroniccareofrichmond.com/neck-pain/.

A procedure making the headlines just now, for many conditions including neck pain is the use of stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are cells which are capable of changing into any cell within the human body to regenerate, renew and replace existing cells and hence cure, rather than manage, an existing condition. They have applications in many parts of the body and can be used in cases of chronic neck pain. This is a long term solution for many and rather than treat symptoms, it can not only relieve pain but correct damage too.

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