neck pain

Neck pillow to relieve neck pain

In November 2021 I will be launching an orthopaedic neck pillow to relieve neck pain. The pillows will be on sale on Amazon UK. I am happy to give this product for free to the first 20 UK readers who reply to this post and leave their email addresses to the following email: amazingproducts1995@outlook.com

Here are the photos of the pillow:

neck pain

FOUR EASY STRETCHES FOR NECK & SHOULDER PAIN

(A) Flexion Stretch

  • keeping the shoulder back, bring the chin toward the chest by bending the head straight forward. A slight stretch will be felt in the back of the neck.
  • Hold for 15 to 30 seconds.

(B) Lateral Flexion Stretch

  • Start in an upright, standing position.
  • Keeping the shoulders even, bring one ear toward the shoulder by bending the head to one side. A slight stretch will be felt in the side of the neck.
  • Hold for 15 to 30 seconds then repeat on the other side. 

(C) Levator Scapula Stretch

  • Stand straight, raise the right hand and elbow, and place it on a nearby wall or door.
  • While keeping everything else still, rotate the head to the left about 45 degrees which is about halfway toward the shoulder.
  • Tilt the chin down to the left collarbone until a good stretch is felt on the back right side of the neck.
  • Hold for 30 to 60 seconds or as tolerated, repeat on the other side.

(D) Corner Stretch

  • Face the corner of a room or a doorway.
  • Position both feet together, about 2 feet away from the corner.
  • Place a forearm on each wall with the elbows slightly below shoulder height.
  • Lean forward until a good stretch is felt across the chest and shoulders. If any pain is felt, the stretch can be reduced or stopped altogether.
  • Hold the stretch 30 to 60 seconds and repeat 3 to 5 minutes.
neck pain

NECK PILLOW TO RELIEVE NECK, SHOULDER AND BACK PAIN

Back pain can be worsened by undue pressure on the neck and shoulders. This is often caused by a pillow that is too firm, or one that puts the head and neck in an uncomfortable angle. A pillow that relieves pressure will cradle the head and neck and reduce tension.

The best pillow for neck and shoulder pain is firm enough to hold the head at a healthy angle, but soft enough to alleviate pressure points. Most sleepers find success with a memory foam pillow as this material offer the best balance of support and pressure relief.

This pillow is available on the following link: Memory Foam Pillow for Sleeping – Ergonomic Design with Dual-Sided Firmness for Side, Back, and Stomach Sleepers – Cervical Support Pillows for Neck & Shoulder Pain, Charcoal & Gel-Infused : Amazon.co.uk: Home & Kitchen

neck pain

THE BEST PILLOW TO RELIEVE NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN

The best pillow for neck and shoulder pain is firm enough to hold the head at a healthy angle but soft enough to alleviate pressure points. Most sleepers find success with either memory foam, latex, buckwheat, or feather pillow, as these materials offer the best balance of support and pressure relief. An example of such pillow is available on the following link: Memory Foam Pillow for Sleeping – Ergonomic Design with Dual-Sided Firmness for Side, Back, and Stomach Sleepers – Cervical Support Pillows for Neck & Shoulder Pain, Charcoal & Gel-Infused: Amazon.co.uk: Kitchen & Home

Dual-Memo Density foam gives you options for firmness. One day you might want a firmer pillow, and then the next day, you might want something softer? This pillow does both. Blue side is soft and grey side is firmer
Every feature of this therapeutic pillow was carefully thought out to get you the perfect night’s sleep you’ve been hoping for.
It comes with PE Bag.
Dual density. The white side is soft and the grey is firm.
Memory foam neck pillow material is breathable and hypoallergenic, meaning it contains no chemical irritants.
Simple to Care For. Simply unzip the pillow casing, and put the pillow case in the washing machine.
Stay Asleep and Wake Up Energized: When you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep, an overheated pillow doesn’t make it easy. That’s why we added our Activ-Air technology. It allows air to circulate through the pillow to keep it cool while you sleep.
neck pain

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A PILLOW FOR NECK PAIN?

(1) LOFT. The loft determines the angle of your head in relation to your spine. A pillow that’s too high or too low can force your neck to bend at an unnatural angle, causing strain and discomfort over time. That’s why sleep experts recommend choosing a pillow loft that keeps your head and neck aligned with your spine.

(2) SUPPORT. In addition to being the right height under your head, a pillow should also adequately support your neck.

(3) FIRMNESS LEVEL. The pillow firmness will determine where your head comes to rest, so it’s important to give this aspect careful consideration. Pillows that are too firm may cause pressure points, for example in the ears when side sleeping. On the other hand, pillows that are too soft may sag under your head and fail to provide proper support.

(4) PRESSURE RELIEF. A good pillow provides pressure relief by taking the strain off the neck and contouring to reduce pressure points. For the best pressure relief, choose a pillow that’s the appropriate shape and size for your sleeping position, and the appropriate firmness to alleviate pressure at contact points.

(5) PRICE. When shopping for a pillow, keep in in mind that certain types of pillows will last you for years, while others may need to be replaced after a year or two as their materials wear out and lose their loft or conforming abilities.

(6) QUALITY MATERIAL. Within broad categories such as memory foam or feather pillows, the quality of the individual pillow plays a significant role in determining its longevity and comfort. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/neck-pain-and-stiff-neck/

back pain, Facet joint radiofrequency denervation, neck pain

FACET JOINT RADIOFREQUENCY DENERVATION FOR NECK PAIN AND BACK PAIN

FACET JOINT

The spine is a column of bones arranged one on top of the other. The bones are linked at the back by joints called facet joints, one on each side. The facet joints hold the bones together and stabilise the spine, while also allowing movement.

The facet joints may become painful either due to wear and tear (also called degenerative change), stress or injury, although the reason is not always clear. Pain is felt around the facet joints and in the surrounding area. For example, pain starting from the joints of the lower back will often be felt in the buttocks and upper legs.

WHEN IS DENERVATION USED?

The denervation procedure is usually considered after trying less invasive treatments, such as medication, physiotherapy, transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS).

Exercise, acupuncture, yoga/pilates and relaxation therapy may also help ease back pain. Spine surgery could be also considered in selected cases.

Denervation is usually only considered if you have responded well to local anaesthetic injections near the affected areas, and these have helped to reduce pain.

WHAT IS THE FACET JOINT RADIOFREQUENCY DENERVATION

Facet joint radiofrequency denervation is a procedure in which nerve fibres supplying the painful facet joints are selectively destroyed by heat produced by radio waves and delivered through a needle.

The treatment is usually performed after an injection of a local anaesthetic close to the affected joints has helped to reduce feeling and pain.

The denervation treatment involves placing a special needle (radiofrequency probe) near the nerve of the joint; when a radiofrequency current is passed down the probe, a very small area of heat is created that causes a break in the nerve. This procedure does not affect any other part of the body. https://www.nice.org.uk/researchrecommendation/radiofrequency-denervation-what-is-the-clinical-and-cost-effectiveness-of-radiofrequency-denervation-for-chronic-low-back-pain-in-the-long-term

neck pain

5 ALTERNATIVE NON-SURGICAL TREATMENTS FOR NECK PAIN

(1) PHYSICAL THERAPY
A physical therapist can design an exercise plan that strengthens your neck muscles and takes the pressure off your spine. They might also apply heat or cold pads during a therapy session to either increase blood flow and range of motion (heat) or decrease blood flow and inflammation (cold). Other physical therapy treatments could include therapeutic massage, chiropractic treatment and/or neck-strengthening exercises you can do at home.

(2) TRIGGER POINT INJECTIONS
A trigger point injection is a procedure where a medication, usually a local anesthetic, is injected into the painful muscle to provide relief. The pain relief should be experienced not only in the affected muscle but in the area of referred pain as well.

(3) ANTI-INFLAMMATORY STEROIDS INJECTIONS
Patients experiencing a herniated disc, a degenerated disc, osteoarthritis or inflammation that reduces the space around the nerves can benefit from this type of treatment. The goal of the injection is to reduce inflammation and associated nerve pain – and the injection itself is given with the patient face down under local anesthetic.

(4) BOTOX INJECTIONS
Botox injections can be effective for the treatment of adults with cervical dystonia —a condition that causes the muscles in your neck to tighten or spasm without your control. It can also reduce the severity of abnormal head position and neck pain.

(5) RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION
Radiofrequency Ablation (or RFA) is a non-surgical, outpatient therapy procedure that’s used to help patients with chronic head and neck pain related to spinal arthritis. As with any non-surgical treatment, this procedure is only recommended after a thorough examination and diagnosis. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/neck-pain-and-stiff-neck/

neck pain

NECK PAIN, WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP IF YOU HAVE NECK PAIN? TESTING AND DIAGNOSING NECK PAIN

NECK PAIN

Neck pain is pain that starts in the neck and can be associated with radiating pain down one or both of the arms. Neck pain can come from many disorders or diseases that involve any of the tissues in the neck, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, or muscles. The neck region of the spinal column, the cervical spine, consists of seven bones (C1-C7 vertebrae), which are separated from one another by inter-vertebral discs. These discs allow the spine to move freely and act as shock absorbers during activity. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/neck-pain-and-stiff-neck/

WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP IF YOU HAVE NECK PAIN?

Seek medical help for neck pain if:

  • It occurs after an injury or blow(s) to the head
  • Stiff neck prevents from touching chin to chest
  • Pain shoots down one or both arms
  • There is tingling, numbness or weakness in the arms or hands
  • Neck symptoms associated with leg weakness or loss of coordination in arms or legs
  • The pain does not respond to over-the-counter pain medication
  • Pain does not improve after a week
  • Fever or headache accompanies the neck pain

TESTING AND DIAGNOSING NECK PAIN

Diagnosis is made based on patient history, symptoms, a physical examination and results of diagnostic studies, if necessary. The tests may include:

  • Computed Tomography Scan (CT or CAT scan)
  • Discography
  • Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Selective Nerve Root Block
  • X-rays
Cervical radiculopathy, neck pain

CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY

Cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve) is a problem that results when a nerve in the neck is irritated as it leaves the spinal canal. This condition usually occurs when a nerve root is being pinched by a herniated disc or a bone spur.

Cervical radiculopathy causes symptoms that radiate out away from the neck. What this means is that although the problem is in the spine, the symptoms may be felt in the shoulder, the arm, or the hand. The symptoms will be felt in the area where the nerve irritated travels. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-spondylosis/

TREATMENT FOR CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY

Treatment can be divided into three groups:

  • Conservative treatments which include medication, cervical pillow and epidural injection,
  • Surgery treatment. This includes anterior cervical fusion. After this surgery, patients will probably be placed in some type of brace while healing occurs and it is unusual to wear a brace for 6 to 12 weeks while the fusion occurs and
  • Physical therapy. Whether you have surgery or not, your doctor may have a physical therapist work on an exercise program developed just for you. The physical therapist will teach you ways to prevent further injury to your neck. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/neck-pain-and-stiff-neck/
neck pain

4 SIMPLE EXERCISES THAT CAN HELP EASE NECK PAIN AND NECK STIFFNESS

Most cases of neck pain get better on their own within few weeks. Bed rest for more than a couple of days makes it harder to get going, so make sure you stay active. Gradually increase your normal activities and do the following exercises:

  • (1) Neck Tilt: From the sitting position, tilt your head down so your chin touches your chest, if you are able to. Hold this position for 5 seconds. Return to the starting position and repeat. Do this five times.
  • (2) Side-to-Side Neck Tilt. From the starting position, tilt you neck toward one shoulder, leading with your ear. Hold for 5 seconds and then return to the starting position. Do this five times on each side.
  • (3) Neck Turn. Look straight ahead, then turn your head to one side, keeping your chin at the same level. Do not over strain. Do this five times on each side.
  • (4) Neck Stretch. Holding the rest of your body straight, push your chin forward, stretching your throat. Hold for 5 seconds. From the same starting position, push your chin backwards and hold for 5 seconds. Do the forward and backward stretch five times each.

If any of the exercises above cause severe pain or weakness in your hands or arms, stop right away and talk with your doctor. Your neck pain should ease within 2 weeks. Full recovery should take 4-6 weeks. As your neck starts feeling better, you can do more repetitions on each of the exercises above. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/flexibility-exercises/