I did it! I made the ultimate fool of myself, but in the interest of good health, I really don’t mind. I began an introduction to yoga class earlier this week with my husband. I spent an hour assuming various poses that initially felt awkward as I tried to steady myself on the mat beneath me. I looked at the girl in front of me who had no business being in this class at all. She could literally bend herself into a pretzel. Show off! I can barely reach behind my back to scratch an itch! However, during the class, the instructor indicated that yoga is a great way to relieve neck pain. That was enough to grab my husband’s attention, as he has had a nagging ache in his neck for several weeks. Once I confirmed that nagging pain truly wasn’t me, I agreed to continue with these yoga sessions.
In doing yoga, or even Pilates, your core strength can be increased, and you can improve your balance and posture, thereby reducing stress. These are things that can help with neck pain, and may even prevent it!
There are several other natural remedies to neck pain, and even though I don’t suffer from neck pain at this time, all of these approaches seem like perfectly good things to do from a preventative aspect.
For example, massage can release tension and muscle inflammation. Since a lot of neck pain is induced by stress, overuse, and misuse – like sitting hunched over the computer for too long – a good massage can alleviate all of that tension and stress. You can now begin to convince yourself that massage is more of a necessity than a luxury reserved for the rich and famous. If it can potentially improve your overall health, why not consider it?
Acupuncture is another great natural alternative to treating neck pain. Those who practice acupuncture believe that our bodies have an energy force called the Qi or Chi (pronounced as “chee”). They assert that when your Chi is blocked, physical illness can result. Acupuncture can restore a healthy, energetic flow of the Chi. I tentatively experienced acupuncture once for stress purposes. Surprisingly, all of those tiny needles that are inserted into the skin do not hurt at all.