Use Water To Help Manage Your Neck Pain

Finding a health practitioner who specializes in neck care is vitally important when you're suffering from neck pain. An assessment as to the reason for your pain, as well as a treatment plan customized to your specific issue, can help to reduce and eliminate the pain for you. However, it's also worthwhile for you to take steps yourself to work on this pain, provided that you run them past your health practitioner to ensure that they aren't in contravention of the care you're currently receiving. If you live near a pool, you can use the water to lessen your discomfort. Here's some information about doing so. 

What To Do

Water's buoyancy makes it a valuable asset for those who are suffering from neck pain. Visit your local pool and get into the water. You want to submerge yourself right up to about your chin. You can do so by finding a transition area between the shallow end and the deep end, or by simply going in the shallow end and bending your knees until your head is in the right position. If you're sensitive to water in your ears, you'll want to wear swimming earplugs, as the water will often splash into your ears in this position.

What It Does

Being in this position can help your neck pain because the weight of your body will pull downward, while your head remains above the water. This position will allow your spine to stretch out a bit, which can greatly reduce the discomfort that arises as a result of a herniated disk, for example. When you stretch out your spine, the disc that is out to one side may be allowed to slide back into position. This can reduce the pressure that this disc is placing on the nerves that run along the spine, thus reducing your pain.

Finding What Works For You

This exercise affects people differently based on their specific type of neck pain. You may wish to hold this position for just a few minutes, and then climb out of the water and see how you feel. In some cases, your pain will be less. In other cases, you might not notice a major difference. In the latter scenario, you can return to the water and resume the exercise. Eventually, you'll get a sense of how much you need to perform the exercise to experience your desired level of relief.

For more information, contact a company like Regional Pain Care.