Last Modified on Jan 28, 2015
Neck pain treatments range from simple stretching exercises to dietary supplements. An important component of treatment also involves identifying the exact cause of the pain. In any case, most stiff necks and other muscle related neck pain can be treated effectively using safe, natural methods.
What is Neck Pain?
Neck pain is often related to shoulder pain and can be categorized in a number of ways. The common causes of neck pain include abnormalities in the bone or joint, trauma, poor posture, degenerative disease, tumors and muscle strain.
Pain located in the neck often presents as a dull aching; however, the condition may also present other symptoms. Numbness, tingling, stiffness, tenderness, shooting pain, difficulty swallowing and swelling are all common.
Natural Remedies for Stiff Neck
Treating a stiff neck often requires identifying the underlying cause first. Once the cause has been identified, the appropriate treatment can be applied which may include massage, stretching, rest and even dietary supplements. In any case, common treatments for any neck pain include apple cider vinegar, kudzu and blackstrap molasses.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. When applied as a poultice to the site of pain or taken internally, apple cider vinegar relieves pain at the site and prevents further issue. Apple cider vinegar also delivers a number of important nutrients to the body to prevent nutrient-deficiency related pain and injury.
Kudzu is another natural remedy for treating neck pain and stiffness. Like apple cider vinegar, kudzu is an anti-inflammatory that relieves swelling related pain. Kudzu also aids in circulation and blood flow and relieves pain that may be associated with a lack of circulation.
Some muscle pain can also be linked to nutrient deficiency, specifically a lack of calcium and potassium. Blackstrap molasses is nutrient-dense syrup that delivers important vitamins and minerals to the body. In relation to neck soreness, blackstrap molasses replenishes nutrients and relieves associated pain.
Neck pain may be the result of a variety of conditions. Nonetheless, natural remedies and nutrients, in particular, can effectively relieve pain and prevent further muscle issues.
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[YEA] This morning I woke up with a miserable pain in my neck. I had gone to sleep with damp hair in a cold room. Perhaps I slept wrong. I was figuring it was going to be a day of hanging out on the couch feeling yucky.
I forced myself to fix Ted's Lime/bicarbonate alkalizing drink and a rice sock before setting up camp on the couch in front of the woodstove.
Lime drink - 1.5 cups water - 1 T. lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) This may not be Ted's exact recipe, but it is based on his recipe.
Rice sock - fill a sock 1/2 full of white or brown rice. Tie a knot in the end. Sprinkle with 1 T. water. Microwave 90 seconds or so. (I keep a microwave for this purpose! If you do not have one, you could steam the rice sock in a vegetable steaming basket on the stove until it is warm.)
I sat on the couch and drank my drink and put the rice sock on my neck. After about 45 minutes, I realized my pain was 90% better! I was not expecting that. I didn't drink the lime drink thinking it would help, I just knew it was a good thing to drink. But I think it and the rice sock both helped.
Dehydration definitely makes pain worse, so it would stand to reason that hydrating would improve pain. But I suspect that being in an acidic state would also make pain worse, which is why I am guessing the drink helped. Based on past experience, I don't think the rice sock alone would have caused such an improvement in pain. I know it helps, but I think the alkalizing was key.
The moral of the story is, "Don't underestimate the role of improving alkalinity and hydration of the body for decreasing pain."
~Mama to Many~
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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.
Approval Ratings YEA (10) 91% NAY (1) 9% Posted by Yekara (JP, Ma) on 07/16/2013
[NAY] hi, I am experiencing terrible pain in my neck and shoulders, it feels gravelly beneath the skin, and kind of guazey and stringy and the pain feels electric. I have similar pain around hips etc.
I am also absolutely exhausted and do not sleep well at all. My digestion is very bad and not to be gross but my poop really stinks and I have a lot of acid. I have big dumps of poop. I dont seem to be digesting. Enzymes and pobiotics have not helped.
I applied apple cider vinegar and baking soda to the pain and it made it worse, it seemed to make it spread. I don't think it is advisable to take it internally as vinegar makes me feel awful.
I was given a scrip for vit d3, 50,000 mg which I have taken but, no luck so far.
I feel enormously sad and very angry can't shake it and am verly isolated any ideas?
Thank you, yekaraReplied by Kt