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Tips To Help You Recuperate From A Neck Injury And Minimize Pain

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If you twisted your neck and now find it difficult to move your head around, your chiropractor may have diagnosed your current condition due to strained muscles and suggested that you rest as much as possible and avoid moving your head much while your muscles are healing. The tips below can also assist with recuperating and minimizing pain:

Hydrate And Get Your Fill Of Healthy Foods

Now is  a wise time to care for your internal organs so that your muscles heal in a timely manner. Avoid drinking beverages that are packed with unhealthy ingredients and instead, focus on drinking water and juices. Eat meals that contain leafy green vegetables or fruit chunks to assist with providing your body with essential vitamins and nutrients. After eating a healthy diet for a while, you may not feel as sluggish as you normally do and your neck pain may begin to lessen as swelling in your neck goes down and your muscles repair themselves. 

Wear A Neck Brace And Receive Gentle Massages

A neck brace is a product that will help stabilize your neck and will prevent you from accidentally twisting your neck in a sharp manner. A neck brace that is constructed of foam that is covered with a cotton fabric will prevent your neck from sweating, which could lead to discomfort. A flexible brace can be adjusted so that it fits snugly around the base of your neck. Get dressed before putting on a brace. Wear the brace for as many hours as you wish and remove the garment right before bedtime.

Use your fingertips to gently massage the base of your neck after removing the brace. Apply scented cream or oil to your fingertips to help soften skin and improve the feeling of each massage session. While massaging your neck, sit down in a cushioned chair that is located in a dark, cool room. Close your eyes as you press your fingertips into your skin. Avoid pressing too deeply or moving your fingers swiftly because doing so may injure your neck further. 

Use A Heated Wrap And Play Tranquil Music

Remaining relaxed as often as you can will help to reduce anxiety associated with your injury and may alleviate tense muscles, thus resulting in major pain being replaced with pain that is easier to deal with. Wrap a heated compress around the back of your neck before propping your head up on a soft pillow. Play some tranquil instrumental music that you enjoy to help take your mind off of your troubles. 

Contact a medical office like Burgman Chiropractic Clinic PC for more information and assistance.