"Most cases of neck pain are due to muscle strain or other soft tissue sprain, but can also be caused by a sudden force injury such as whiplash. These types of neck pain often improve with time and can be effectively treated with non-surgical care like medication and/or chiropractic manipulation.
If neck pain continues or worsens, or is accompanied by arm pain or numbness, a more serious condition may be the cause. Conditions such as cervical degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, cervical stenosis, and cervical arthritis can all lead to neck pain.
Many of these conditions can be treated successfully with conservative care, including medication, physical therapy, or chiropractic manipulations. If the pain does not respond to conservative treatments within six to twelve weeks, surgery might be recommended."
Source: Neck Pain by Spine-health.com
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|Apple Cider Vinegar||10 YEAS|
Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for a Stiff Neck
Home Remedy Ingredients:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Paper Towel
Soak a paper towel in apple cider vinegar and place it over the affected part of your neck. You can leave this treatment in place for a couple of hours. People experience dramatic relief in just one application, but the apple cider vinegar application can be repeated later in the day.
[YEA] 07/30/2009: Heidi from Charlotte, NC: "I had either slept wrong or strained my right neck/shoulder area and it was excruciating. After a sleepless night in bed, I woke in even more pain than the day before. I had to roll out of bed and off the couch because it hurt terribly to raise up.
I went on the Internet and typed in "remedies for muscle strain" and I came across your website. Someone had written in that cider vinegar worked. I was somewhat skeptical, but I use white vinegar for a variety of things so I was willing to give it a try. I found some cider vinegar way in the back of our cabinet and soaked a paper towel with it. I got it wet enough that I had to wring it out. I placed it partially on my neck and the rest draped my shoulder. I then placed a towel on top of it and sat on the couch for 3 hours. It stank and I immediately thought of Easter eggs, but amazingly within an hour the pain had subsided tremendously. I couldn't believe it! After the three hours, I removed the towel and paper towel. I then preceded to clean my bathrooms. By the end of the day, there was very little indication of the pain I awoke with. My neck was just a little stiff, but cured! I am a true believer in cider vinegar!! (I had tried ibuprofen the day before and it did absolutely nothing)."
[YEA] 07/23/2009: Kate from Atlanta, Georgia: "I threw my neck out of whack two days ago and expected to be in pain and useless for at least a week. This was a combo of both spinal pain and muscle pain. I couldn't move my head at all. I soaked a paper towel in a mixture of 50 percent Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and 50 percent water, folded in half, and put it on the worst of the pain. This was then covered with a rolled towel for support, and kept in place for about six hours. I removed it before going to bed.
The next morning the pain that had brought me to tears the previous day was reduced to simply being sore and very stiff. I didn't have to hold my head with my hands when I lifted it off of the pillow! I couldn't believe the difference. I was able to do my regular household chores (for better or worse). I meant to use the compress again last night, but never got around to it. The stiffness has mostly worked itself out, and I am 90 percent back to normal."
[YEA] 04/29/2007: Marguerite from Staten island, ny: "hi--maybe you might think im crazy--but i came onto your website just by browsing out of sheer frustration two years ago i pulled neck muscles from lifting a heavy object--finally i went to the doctor after months of suffering he did tests and said i have degenerative arthritis in my 4-5-6 vertebra been there along time with no problem but he gave me a shot of cortisone ok it went away now two weeks ago i again lifted something heavy like my grandchild and bingo--i developed muscle spasms in my neck or pulled tendons-i don't but i refuse to go to the doctor-i don't like medications the pain was unbearable--because it activates my neck arthritis so i come upon the site and i started taking apple cider and honey with grape juice also --soaking a rag in acv and putting it on my neck with a heating pad bingo feels so much better can't believe it--i also want to know--i am allergic to the medication sulphur is that the same sulphur in glucosamine and chondroiton thank you marguerite"Replies
[YEA] 10/04/2012: Anonymous from Arlington, Tx replies: "Tried it once, does seem to work. Thank you."
[YEA] Anonymous : "For a stiff neck, take a half vinegar half warm water solution and soak a rag in it, then wring the rag out and wrap it around your neck. Put a layer of plastic wrap (to keep your sheets dry) and finish up with a towel (be careful not to strangle yourself). Leave this on over night and in the morning you will not believe the difference."
[YEA] 02/12/2007: Fran from Rocky Face, GA: "Felt you might want to tell people with a stiff neck to try Kudzu as it is great for necks as well as alcohol victims...also, good to stop children from wetting the bed.. God Bless You"Replies
05/17/2013: Kay from Destin, Fl replies: "Can you give some details on the preparation and how it's applied? And what are alcohol victims?"
[YEA] 06/21/2008: Stella : "re: Stiff Neck and Headaches. If you have a constant issue with bad pillows as I have had then a Latex Pillow may be the answer.I have invested so much money in bad pillows. I've tried all makes and models, then I finally bought 100% latex pillow. Wow! it's a dream come true, It's not too high, not too low, It's very cushy and doesn't bottom out, which means no more stiff necks and morning headaches. I never cared for memory foam, but I love latex."
[YEA] 12/25/2007: Firas from Boynton Beach, US: "For the last 3 years nothing worked to fix my neck spasm. Reason of spasm, most probably, is a combination of stress and heavy physical activity. Tried Botox, muscle relaxant, tons of other injections, chiropractic, acupuncture, tons of other therapies but none worked. What helped are prayers and exercise and physical fixtures I invented by myself and sleeping on the side that my head tilt toward. Among the fixtures I invented are:
1. I used my pant belt to hold a pound or so of weight lifting disc and the other belt side was made round the diameter of my head. When placed on my head was back to normal position. This needs repetition for reprogramming your muscles. Also make sure your forehead blood not stagnating by frequently removing the belt, rubbing your affected area to re-circulate blood and put the belt back on head.
2. I used shower towel and pant belt. Twist the towel until tight, wrap it on your head and hold the lose two ends by hand then remove the towel while still twisted. Now use the pant belt to make a knot and hold the towel to diameter of your upper head. Push belt slightly inward and re-insert on top of your head. It worked like magic for me by removing some pain, fixing my head straight, and gave me feeling of more relaxed head.
3. Use olive oil or Emu oil to rub your neck 3 times a day.
4. Do lots of neck exercises, but need to consult your physician. Not all physicians will give you the proper exercise, some times you have to invent them or accidentally discover them on your own. I invented my own exercises that really worked like miracle for me.
Doctors will not give you the solution to this problem 99% of times, only 1% of times doctors "may" give you the cure. You must be your own doctor to solve your own problems.
Now if you want to publish my invention or mass produce it then remember that I published them here on Dec. 25, 2007. I also have been using them for over a year and saw good results. I hope that you will not be miss-guided by doctors, because it is painful to lose time and money in doctor's pockets without seeing any results my dentist (also did TMJ work for me but didn't work) was stunned when he saw the amazing results."
Neck Pain Remedies
02/25/2013: Ash from Chicago, Il, USA: "Hi, I'm a 38 years old hair stylist with severe neck pain and swollen lymph node where its swollen due to over streched nerve and too much tilting on one side too painful over streched my neck muscle causing it to swell and pain and my dr said it can be a torn muscle turned into a hard mass. Wanted to know what should I do now.. Too painful and cannot keep my neck straight without support. Neck bone is hard stressed and painful with hard swelling over it."Replies
02/26/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Ash, try Epsom salts baths. And read up on magnesium."
02/27/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I can relate to this, you can take a cotton "tube " sock, (no heel indentation) and put white rice in it from the bulk bin ( fill sock to one third full, tie off the end, (Pull other tube sock over it as a cover) put in microwave for 30 second intervals until it is the temperature you can tolerate and put this on the pain area and let the moisture from the rice and the heat penetrate the muscle.
Also go to a pharmacy store and buy gel packs for the freezer and freeze them and use them in a thin kitchen towel, alternately with the heated sock pack, to get some circulation in the area. Use heat pack 3 minutes, use freeze wrap 30 seconds , 3 repititions and end with heat.
I have been reading in this site about castor oil packs and amazon sells the supplies and I plan to try them for my liver and back issues, maybe it would help your neck. Read some reviews on amazon if you have questions about products."
09/30/2009: Soulshock from Bayambang, Pangasinan, Philippines: "hello guys its my first time to visit your site and i just wanna say that your site had been very informative and very helpful
i had just drop a comment because i do really badly need your help I'm suffering for the neck spasm for about 2 months and still now it still hurts i have red some suggestion like putting some apple cider vinegar around the neck but unfortunately this vinegar is not likely available in our country.
by the way I'm jojo from Philippines 28 yrs old and I'm not that person to afford some expensive stuffs i had try to go to a doctor then she gave me some medication and some neck exercise but still im still suffering from my neck
could you still give me some practical suggestion and tips about my problem i just wanna give up with this neck please i do really need your help
i would much appreciate if you reply to my message or just drop a message on my email heres my email Shoock187213 (at) yahoo [dot] com
thanks and more power"
10/01/2009: Kathy from Dubois, Pa replies: "Muscle spasms and twitching are often the first sign of a Magnesium deficiency. My neck used to be so stiff that I could barely turn it, especially to the left (for some reason). The spasms eased when I started taking Epsom Salts soaks, and went away entirely when I added a Magnesium Citrate drink before bed each night.
p.s. With air and time, any fruit juice will turn to vinegar. If you live in a tropical climate, you might want to try making pineapple vinegar...I bet it would be delicious. Scroll down and you will see that I have posted a recipe for vinegar in reponse to another person's post. Just use pineapple juice in place of the apple cider and proceed in the same way."
EC: In case you can't find it, Kathy's post on how to make vinegar is here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acvinegar2.html#ACVTIPS_32924
10/01/2009: Lita from Sanford, Fl replies: "You know Kathy, your comment about pineapples brought me back to when my mother was alive. She was a diabetic that would eat whatever she wanted to eat. But a week or two before her doctor's appointment she would take the peel of pineapples or grapefruits (whichever was available) and put them in water and refrigerate. When the doctor took her blood sample for sugar levels her sugar levels were low!!! I just wish that she would have use it daily instead of only for cheating."
02/24/2013: Jerry from North Bend, Oregon replies: "I'm curious. You mentioned: a week or two before her doctor's appointment she would take the peel of pineapples or grapefruits (whichever was available) and put them in water and refrigerate. My question is how wold the peel of pineapples or grapefruits left in the refrigerator untouched make gluclose readings lower?"
Sleep Without a Pillow
[YEA] 09/28/2009: Earthfirst from Chicago, Il: "Neck Pain - Stiff Neck:
After a neck injury i got overdoing it at the gym i was unable to look left or right without terrible discomfort. i tried sleeping a few nights without a pillow and although it was a little uncomfortable to fall asleep i was mostly healed by the following morning. two additional nights of this and i was 100%. its worth a try if you have back pain too."
[YEA] 07/06/2008: DL from USA: "I injured my neck last Tuesday while working out with a personal trainer. I was doing a sit up with an 8 lb medicine ball in my hands and didn't tuck my chin in correctly as I came off the ground. I could feel my neck muscles strain and had a bad feeling at the time that I should stop what I was doing but kept going, ignoring (duh) my intuition. The next morning I woke up with terrible pain on the left side of my neck, just under the lymph nodes. It also felt like something was digging into the side of my throat every time I swallowed. I didn't do much about it except take some apple cider vinegar, figuring it would get better in a few days. 5 days passed, no improvement, and the pain was making me really tired all day so I decided to do something about it!
After debating about going to the ER (since it was the weekend and I couldn't get in to see a doctor for 2 more days), I decided instead to research on the internet exactly what my injury was. It took about an hour of research, but I ascertained it was a strain to the sternocleidomastoid muscle. Then I searched more under the term "Sternocleidomastoid strain" and came to a site mentioning "The Trigger Point Manual" by authors Travell and Simons. I remembered seeing this book in my husband's vast health collection, so I grabbed it and studied the section under sternocleidomastoid. The book talked about the importance of using the right pillow when you have this injury, so I decided last night to forgo a pillow altogether since I was waking up in excruciating pain when using my low-fill feather pillow. I also took a heaping teaspoon of turmeric in hot water right before going to bed. Then, before going to sleep (while lying down pillow-less), I decided to massage around the painful area in my neck, rather than touch it directly because it hurt so much. I also gave my ears a good massage and, grabbing the tips with my thumb and index finger bit by bit, pulled them in various directions. I actually found a tiny section on both ear tips that hurt terribly if I pulled it up and out in a certain direction. I figured this one spot might be related to my neck pain and held that position for 30 seconds. I could feel my jaw loosen from that one.
This morning I awoke feeling less pain (about 50% better). The injury was still making me feel really tired all day, so I took a long nap this afternoon -- yes, without my pillow! Now the pain is almost gone. I am excited! I think (but can't say for sure) removing the pillow has really been key, followed by the massage work and extra rest. Obviously I am going to be very careful in the future when doing any weight bearing exercises that trigger the neck muscles!"Replies
05/26/2012: Greater from Sarasota, Florida, Us replies: "I second that self-administered trigger point massage can be very effective... I recommend the book "The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook" by Clair Davies, which is very informative and quite easy to use. (I hear the Travell/Simons book is great but expensive and rather dense/technical.)"
Ted's Cat Purr Recording
[YEA] 10/15/2007: Lisa from Stuarts Draft, VA: "There was a terrific posting of a WAV file of a cat's purring that helps in inflammation/pain management. I find that when I listen to this file that I feel great relief from arthritic pain. The problem is that I am only able to play the file while sitting at my computer. I want to make it more mobile-friendly and listen to it while away from home. Is there a way to download this onto my computer as an mp3 file? I could then transfer it to my mp3 player for portability. For those who have not tried this, it has been a great pain reliever."
EC: Download the Purr (.wav file)
09/04/2010: Dan from Hollywood, Fl., U.S.A. replies: "To avoid any adverse effects from the EMF's (electro- magnetic frequencies) emitted by your MP3 player or headphones, go to your nearest animal shelter, adopt a cat, take it home, lie down, place cat on your chest and pet him."
11/26/2011: Deb from Pensacola, Fl, Usa replies: "Priceless, Dan!"
10/17/2012: Koren from Nanaimo, Bc, Canada replies: "Okay when I read this post, I thought this has got to be complete BS, but I have to try it, because I have had whiplash for the past month and all the chiropractor and massage visits are only temporary relief.
To make matters worse my son jumped into my lap today and I heard a crunch. It was too late in the day to go see the chiropractor. I listened to the cat purring and put the wav file on repeat. And within 3 minutes my neck started feeling better. Am I cured... Well I don't know, but it sure has given me some immediate relief. I will keep you posted on how long it lasts.
Everything is energy... even the purring of a cat.
Cheers. Koren Cheers."
[YEA] 11/04/2012: Koren from Nanaimo, Bc, Canada replies: "I am still amazed that listening to a cat purring works. My neck was acting up again tonight. I did some neck stretches, but it just seemed to aggravate it. Then I remembered the cat purring, so I played it again (in repeat mode) and the relief was almost instantaneous. Try it. Thank-you once again Ted. "
[YEA] 03/24/2013: Denise from Bellevile, N.j. USA replies: "OMG When I first read this I was like yeah ok... this is weird but had to give it a try because my neck is always so stiff and sore and latley even more so. OMG! It really does work. Half way through the first time that I was listening to it I felt a cold, tingling feeling on the right side of my neck almost like a cool burn, not painful more like a relieving feeling. I played it a few more times because I was wondering why I only felt it on one side bu nothing happened on the other side. I guess that was where the pain was coming from although I couldn't tell because to me it just hurt all over, but I feel total relief right now. This is amazing! Thank- you so much Ted and EC."
Ted's Cat Purr Recording
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/15/2013: Joy from Pensacola, Fl: "Ted's Cat Purr Recording helped my neck pain about 25%. This is what I found online:
Veterinarians have long noted that broken bones heal quickly in cats. The vibrations associated with the feline purring is of interest to the holistic healing community. The measurable Hertz of a cat's purr lies between 25 and 150. 20 to 50 HZ have shown great promise in speeding bone injuries in human medicine. Research is currently being done to find out if purring actually accelerates the natural healing process of broken bones in humans. "Here kitty, kitty", says the woman with a broken ankle."