Neck & Shoulder Pain
Neck pain is a symptom commonly associated with dull aching. Sometimes pain in the neck is worsened with movement of the neck or turning the head.
Other symptoms associated with some forms of neck pain include numbness, tingling, tenderness, sharp shooting pain, range-of-motion difficulties, fullness, difficulty swallowing, pulsations, swishing sounds in the head, dizziness or lightheadedness, and lymph node (gland) swelling.
Neck pain can also be associated with symptoms such as headache, facial pain, shoulder pain, and arm numbness or tingling (upper extremity paresthesias). These associated symptoms are often a result of nerves becoming pinched in the neck. Depending on the condition, sometimes neck pain is accompanied by symptoms such as upper back and/or lower back pain, as is common in inflammation of the spine from ankylosing spondylitis.
If neck pain is not debilitating and was not caused by trauma, the pain can typically be treated with self-care.
Short period of rest. While strenuous activities and movements that worsen pain are to be avoided for a few days, some movement is typically encouraged to prevent the neck from becoming weaker and/or stiffer.
Ice and/or heat. Applying ice can help reduce swelling and pain. Applying heat may help relax muscles and bring more blood flow and healing nutrients to the injured area. For ice or heat therapy, applications are limited to 15 or 20 minutes with at least a 2-hour break in between to give the skin time to recover.
For heat therapy, we recommend SandPuppy Nyx – our specialised product made specifically for neck and upper shoulder pain. 20-30 min of application can offer relief of up to four hours.
For cold therapy, we recommend SandPuppy Coldstrap – a modern day ice pack which delivers cold at the ideal healing temperature for 40 minutes. .
For posture related therapy, we recommend SandPuppy PosX – a thin, vibration band that alerts you when your neck and shoulder are in the wrong posture.
For correction and neck rest, we recommend SandPuppy Warmrest – our heated neck pillow which acts as a neck support while sitting. The heating feature combines support along with Heat Therapy.
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