neck painNothing can be more distracting than having neck pain.  Whether you have an active job or just sit in front of a computer all day long, neck pain can interfere with your activities and can negatively impact your sleep.

Here are some good home remedies for neck pain.

5 Neck Pain Home Remedies

1. A Heating Pad

Heat can get into the muscles of the neck, relieving muscle spasm that often leads to neck pain. You can buy an inexpensive heating pad online that can really ease the pain.

They plug in and can be turned up to varying temperatures, depending on what’s more comfortable for you.

It’s a good idea to use the heating pad for about thirty minutes before taking it off and letting the neck cool down for a bit.  You can put the heating pad back on after the neck has cooled down and repeat this in thirty minute intervals.

View our Top 5 Heating Pads for Neck and Shoulders, Here.

2. A Jade Heating Pad

Jade heating pads can be purchased on Amazon. They are heating pads that get their heat from heating up jade stones or tourmaline stones that are inlayed into the heating pad.

They can be set to whatever temperature is comfortable for you and can get to the deeper muscles of the neck through the use of far infrared heat (FIR heat).

This is a special kind of heat that is supposed to go deeper into the tissues than regular heating pads. They are more expensive than regular heating pads but if you commonly have neck pain, it is worth it to invest in one.

View our Top 5 Jade/Tourmaline Mats Here

3. Local Ice

Fill up a bag with ice, especially after an acute neck injury, and put it on your neck. There are commercial ice packs you can keep in the freezer.  Some people just take out a bag of peas and put that on their neck.

Use ice for about thirty minutes at a time and put a layer of cloth or a towel between your skin and the ice pack so you don’t freeze your skin.  Some people alternate ice and heat when they have neck pain for good relief of both pain and muscle spasm.

4. Over the Counter Pain Relievers

There are several kinds of over the counter pain relievers that can reduce the pain in your neck. Acetaminophen (also called Tylenol) is easy on your stomach and raises your pain threshold so you don’t have the experience of as much pain.  Other good choices for neck pain include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or NSAIDs.  These include ibuprofen (which is also called Advil or Motrin) and naproxen sodium (which is also called Anaprox, Naprosyn, or Aleve).

Those containing naproxen are longer acting than those containing ibuprofen but both work well on inflammation, which is often the case when you have neck pain.  Take NSAID medications with food because they can be hard on the stomach if you try to take them on an empty stomach.

Always consult a doctor before taking any kind of medicine.

5. Neck Pillows

They make pillows that gently cradle your neck so you don’t have to use your neck muscles to hold your neck up. They are basically shaped like a U and go around your neck to keep it warm and to rest the muscles.  They can be worn indefinitely and can be used even while active.

Here`s an example.

Any of these home remedies for neck pain will probably control your pain with a minimum of cost and the maximum relief.