Neck pain can occur following an injury or due to straining when looking at the computer all day.

Fortunately, there are home remedies you can partake of that will lessen the pain and improve the quality of your life:

1. The Application of Ice

Ice is a good home remedy for neck pain that has just occurred. Ice is good because it takes down the inflammation that can quickly develop after an injury.  Ice can be applied as a commercial ice pack, a bag of ice that you get from the freezer, or even by putting a bag of frozen vegetables on your neck.

Ice should be applied for about thirty minutes at a time and then should be removed in order to let the neck cool down.  Make sure you put a cloth between the ice pack and your neck so that you don’t cause freezer burn to your neck tissues.  Ice can be used alone or in combination with heat.

2. The Application of Heat

Heat shouldn’t be applied for about 48 hours after a neck injury because it can result in an increase in inflammation. After that, you can adequately apply heat to decrease the strain in the muscles that often follows an injury.

Heat can be applied through the use of a commercial heating pad, a heated towel, or a special heating pad that releases far infrared ray heat, also called FIR heat, to the affected muscles.   Heat of any kind should be used for thirty minutes at a stretch so that you don’t overheat the muscles.  Like the application of ice, you should use a towel or cloth between your skin and the heating pad so that you don’t burn the skin.  You can alternate the application of ice and the application of heat to reduce inflammation and spasm at the same time.

3. Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Medications

These include several medications that you purchase over the counter at your local pharmacy. Some good anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) include ibuprofen, which is marketed as Advil and Motrin, or naproxen sodium, which is marketed as Naprosyn and Aleve.  Either of these medications will take down both the pain of a sore neck and the inflammation associated with having a sore neck.  They can be hard on the stomach so you should take them with food or milk.

This is marketed as Tylenol and is a good pain reliever you can purchase over the counter. It is better for people who have stomach problems but it doesn’t get rid of the inflammation like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications do.  You can take acetaminophen along with NSAIDs as they don’t mix badly with one another.

Always consult a doctor before taking medication.

4. Massage

You can have a loved one give you a neck massage. Neck massage can get deep into the muscles, taking away the pain and loosening the neck muscles.  If you don’t have anyone to do this for you, you can hire a massage therapist who will take away the pain through the use of various kinds of massage techniques.