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3 Simple Tips for Alleviating Your Chronic Neck Pain

If you live with chronic neck pain, you know how hard it can be to find relief from your symptoms.

You may feel like you’ve tried every treatment available, but here are three simple tips you may not have considered:

1. Stay hydrated

At birth, the discs between the vertebrae in your cervical spine (neck) are comprised of roughly 80 percent water. As you age, the ratio of water decreases—which can cause your discs to lose height, your spine to come out of alignment, and the pressure on your spine to increase.

Staying hydrated during the day may help prevent further degeneration of your cervical discs, and this in turn can help prevent neck pain.

Here are some ideas to help you drink more water:

2. Limit your hand-held phone use

Most people don’t think twice about it, but you may be provoking your neck pain by cradling your phone in your neck while you’re talking—as this common habit results in extra strain on your cervical spine.

Additionally, many people add to the stress on their necks by staring down at their phones for an extended period of time. In fact, staring at your phone can place up to 60 pounds of pressure on your neck muscles and ligaments.

Here are a few pointers on how to prevent phone-related neck pain:

3. Try heat therapy to reduce your neck pain

In an age of amazing technology and medical advancements, it can be easy to overlook the benefits of heat therapy. But if you suffer from chronic neck pain, 20 minutes of applying a heating pad or hot water bottle may produce the following benefits:

If your neck pain is severe, the above three tips may seem like they aren’t worth trying. But if they can provide even a little bit of relief from your chronic symptoms they are well worth the extra time and effort.


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