How to manage a pain in the neck

In the majority of cases, neck pain can be treated at home.

How to manage a pain in the neck

The neck consists of bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons that are structured to allow the neck to be protective while remaining flexible.

The capacity to be flexible also makes the neck structure vulnerable to damage, particularly given that it is constantly under pressure from keeping your head upright.

Some movements put either gradual or a sudden, sharp pressure on the neck, and the resulting strain can cause discomfort. When pain only occurs in the neck region and not in other areas, such as in the arms or lower back, the injury is called cervicalgia.

While neck pain without any other symptoms is not usually a serious condition, it can cause discomfort and should be addressed directly.

Cervicalgia will typically go away within a couple of weeks.

It is important to avoid any activities that may be causing the strain and to rest the neck as much as possible.

If the injury has occurred due to poor posture, it is important to address this immediately and improve your posture.

In the majority of cases, neck pain can be treated at home.

Here are some different approaches to try to manage your neck pain at home:

  • apply ice packs to the affected area for up to 20 minutes several times a day (this can be useful in reducing inflammation caused by a neck injury)
  • heat can also be applied to help boost healing – try a hot shower, warm towel or heat pack
  • over-the-counter medications, such as anti-inflammatories or pain relievers, can be helpful in managing cervicalgia
  • massaging the area will help to increase blood flow and encourage healing
  • collars around the neck will support the head and restrict movement, removing pressure from the area
  • stretching the neck by moving the head into different positions can be beneficial, but this should only be attempted when it feels comfortable to do so.

While cervicalgia is a common problem, it is possible to lower the risk of it occurring. Try improving your posture and, to prevent your shoulders from rounding, engage in physical exercises that targets your upper back muscles.


Do you suffer from neck pain? Do you have any tips for managing the pain effectively?



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    30th Jan 2018
    I have issues with my neck , bulging discs after a fall and other areas too. my advice is don't become an unpaid carer. take it easy, lots of rest , ( how ) ???
    30th Jan 2018
    Who do you care for? Family?
    30th Jan 2018
    I get tension headaches and a pain in the neck brought on by female company. Ha ha just kidding ladies.
    30th Jan 2018
    I think it is mutual Tib.
    31st Jan 2018
    You're probably right. :) I love to share my pain around. Only seems fair.
    30th Jan 2018
    The neck joints are called the cervical spine, not at all related to the cervix in female anatomy.
    The part people can touch with their hand is the outer sliding facet joint. The disk is right on the inside of the joint
    I had to learn all of this when chronic nerve pain came to visit and decided to stay.
    30th Jan 2018
    I learnt to do regular stretchs every day , often several times a day to manage my neck stiffness and pain. I change my neck position regularly also , so if I've been reading my tablet for an hour i put it down and do a different activity. Comfortable pillow at night is important. In the past my neck locked up for months with horrible pain and headaches. It took ages to fix. Neck stretchs and being mindful are the way to go for me now.
    30th Jan 2018
    I have done those exercises where you put your hand on your chin and press against it. More often than not I get headaches straight after doing them. Are these the ones you are doing.
    30th Jan 2018
    No. I start by turning my head to the right and down towards my shoulder as far as i can stretch, then hold for a few seconds. Do the same other side. Heard it called ' sniffing your armpit' . Also i just go through a rotation from shoulder to shoulder head bent down. Sometimes i press against my hand at the front but depends what sort of pain I'm having. The stretch should be a little uncomfortable until it eases but shouldn't give you headaches.Scrunching your neck and shoulders and then releasing can ease tension if you do it regularly. I do all these every day. Just made it a habit and haven't had a significant problem for years now.
    31st Jan 2018
    Thanks Ella I'll give it a try.

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