Snore No More: Relieve Neck Tension (And Your Loved Ones)
The main cause of neck pain is the pressure from the collarbone. If you have ever been to a doctor or dentist, they will tell you that it’s not just one thing causing your headache but many things at once. The most common causes are the following:
1. Tight clothing.
2. Neck braces.
3. Neck supports.
4. Neck exercises.
5. Headaches caused by smoking or drinking alcohol.
In addition to these causes, there are other factors such as genetics, age, allergies and so on which may also contribute to the problem. However, if you have any of the above listed problems then it is very likely that you suffer from some form of neck pain and you need to do something about it!
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What Causes Neck Pain?
When we think of the word ‘neck’, we usually picture a bunch of bones connected together like a necklace with a loop on each end.
But what exactly does that mean?
In fact, the bones of the neck are not just connected with each other but also to many other muscles and tendons. These muscles and tendons are so flexible that they allow you to turn your head in every direction. However, this flexibility also causes a lot of stress on these tendons and muscles, especially when you exercise or do any activity that involves your head. If you turn your head too much in one direction, it can cause pain in the area around the neck. This can happen when you are sleeping on one side for a long time or even when you have the habit of carrying heavy bags on just one shoulder. The same thing happens when you work in front of a computer all day, without taking any breaks or even when riding a motorcycle without a helmet.
For some people, this pain can develop slowly over a period of time. For others, it can happen suddenly if they have jerked their head in a certain way. In many cases, the pain can go away within a few days or it can last for several months. In a small number of cases, the pain will never go away completely and will continue to cause mild to moderate discomfort for as long as the person lives.
So what can you do about neck pain?
One of the best ways to treat neck pain is to massage the area around your neck lightly using your thumb and forefinger. Be careful not to press too hard! You can also use a tennis ball to apply pressure on the painful area for a minute or two.
2. Ice Pack.
Applying an ice pack or a bag of frozen veggies wrapped in a wet towel on the painful area for about 20 minutes can help reduce the swelling and ease the pain. Be sure to remove immediately if you feel a burning sensation on your skin. Using an electric massager can also give you great results. Just place it on the painful area for 5 minutes and then take a break before continuing.
3. Heat Pack.
If you feel better with something hot on your skin, a hot water bottle or heating pad can do the trick for you. Be careful not to burn yourself!
4. Pain Killers.
There are many over the counter drugs such as Ibuprofen that you can take to relieve pain and inflammation. Be sure to follow the dosage instructions printed on the bottle. Don’t be afraid to take more if you need to, but remember that these drugs can cause stomach bleeding and ulcers if taken in large quantities so go easy! As an alternative, you can try special herbal remedies such as Turmeric which has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is safe to use everyday.
Sources & references used in this article:
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Treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with mandibular repositioning appliances by PA Cistulli, H Gotsopoulos, M Marklund… – Sleep medicine reviews, 2004 – Elsevier
Influence on the masticatory system in treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring with a mandibular protruding device: a 2-year follow-up by AMC Fransson, Å Tegelberg, A Johansson… – American journal of …, 2004 – Elsevier
Review of oral appliances for treatment of sleep-disordered breathing by V Hoffstein – Sleep and Breathing, 2007 – Springer
Unpredictable results of laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea by CF Ryan, LL Love – Thorax, 2000 – thorax.bmj.com