6 Methods For Neck Pain Relief

Neck pain has been a recurring problem in my life since 2013 when a dodgy chiro gave me a bad manipulation in Beijing. I can always feel it there, but it’s not usually incapacitating per se. It does flare up on occasions with such severity that all I can do is lie in bed.

The pain sometimes wakes me up in the middle of the night and I’m forced to take Cataflan or Arcoxia to ease the inflammation so I can get back to sleep again. Yes, a bad chiro did the damage, but my bouts of neck pain are exacerbated by poor posture and being overexposed to computers daily.

Apart from seeing pretty much everyone I can think of including physio’s, chiro’s, acupuncturists, cranial-sacral therapists, deep tissue masseurs, an osteopath, a neurosurgeon (I did a facet block treatment recently and am getting ready to do a rhizotomy) and two neurologists (also had Botox injections in my neck), I’ve found a few less pricey things that definitely alleviate the discomfort. Here are 6 methods for neck pain relief which I have used over the years.

Theracane

Whenever I experience pain in my traps or at the back of the neck, the Theracane relieves it relatively well. I could say it has definitely made a difference in my overall functionality as someone who spends way too much time in front of a screen. At first, I was reluctant to purchase it because it’s just made of plastic and I thought it would be no match for stiff muscles especially my traps. But when I finally did give it a shot, I was amazed that it was actually sturdily manufactured. The manufacturer of this tool is true to its guarantee that it doesn’t easily bend or break because it is made of a unique fibre material. The tool is also lab tested for strength and durability.

This massage tool has 11 knobs that have different shapes that effectively relax my neck and trigger points surrounding it. These knobs also aid in fast pain relief not just from neck pain but also back and shoulder pain. I’m happy the tool comes with a 16-page manual. I can browse the manual any time and learn how to properly use it and maximize its relieving effects. As I read along the manual, I was impressed that the Theracane can also be used for reflexology. What I also like about the Theracane is its neck pain relief can be as effective as getting help from a physio because I know exactly where the pain is coming from and can administer it accordingly.

There may be no special grips, but it really works wonders on any trigger points within my reach. One of the most relieving methods I do using this tool is holding it in place while leaning back against the chair. This method helps release tension from my neck trigger points, making me feel instantly relaxed. I could even have a refreshing nap right after using the Theracane. Indeed, this massage tool with a simple design is a miracle worker for my neck pain episodes.

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Foundation Training

Practicing Foundation Training has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because it greatly improved my overall flexibility. I’ve discovered this practice from Eric Goodman’s book, Foundation: Redefine Your Core, Conquer Back Pain, and Move with Confidence.

The book contains diagrams and colourful photos that guide readers on how to improve movement, breathing and general body function. The book is a reliable source of information for those who are seeking pain relief because the author has spent years studying human physiology and movement.

Foundation Training is not complicated. No need to spend money on gym memberships or any specialized equipment. All I have to do is to integrate the exercises found in True To Form into my ordinary physical actions. It teaches mindful movement and identifying movement patterns which cause pain or discomfort. Specifically, decompression and anchoring are the main techniques I’ve learned from Foundation Training

Most of my daily routine includes time spent sitting all day and staring at the computer or my mobile phone. These ordinary activities contribute to my bouts of neck pains. When I learned how to reinforce proper movement through Foundation Training, neck pain has been less of a problem. But I must do it regularly for it to have a longer term effect.

There are handy tools available for neck pain relief, but it’s not every day that I have them with me. With Foundation Training, I can easily alleviate neck pain or discomfort when my neck pain massage tools are not available. Also, Foundation Training offers long term solutions against pain and discomfort, so hopefully I won’t need relief equipment or pain relieving meds in the future.

I highly recommend Foundation Training to those who have no time to visit a physical therapist regularly. The exercises included only take 20-30 minutes to do.

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Read the book first and if you decide it makes sense then check out the training vids
 

Naipo Shiatsu Back Neck Massager With Heat

Out of sheer desperation to find the best neck pain solutions, I’ve come across the Back Neck Massager. This massager that I purchased from Amazon gives a shiatsu massage effect because of its 8 Deep-Shiatsu Kneading Massage Nodes. It eases muscle soreness and neck stiffness while you’re on the go. The massager enhances blood circulation because of its built-in infrared advanced soothing heat function. Back Neck Massager’s main function is to massage the acupuncture points in the neck.

You can adjust the intensity of massage levels for up to three strength level according to your needs. Aside from the strength level, the massage position is adjustable as well through the long handle straps. On the other hand, this neck massage tool comes with a free dustproof cover, an AC car adapter, and a packing box. This massage tool garnered most positive reviews which convinced me to give it a shot. I could say I agree with the reviews.

I’ve experienced using Back Neck Massager at home, in the office, and in the car. One thing I noticed is that since it is designed to give deep massage, my neck felt hurt a bit on the first try using it. When I put a towel in between this massage tool and my neck, that’s when I’ve felt relaxed whenever I use it. The gentle heat coming from the massager also adds up to easing the pain. For a more relaxing session for your neck, I recommend directing the massager head in a rotating motion.

Aside from neck pain relief, the Naipo Back Neck Massager also does wonders when used on calves, thighs, back, shoulder and feet. It can also be a great tool for stress relief. All you have to do is to put the intensity of the massage tool to its lowest level for relaxation effects.

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With over 8000 positive reviews, you can’t really go wrong.
 

Occipivot

It’s not just my daily routine that triggers my neck pain but also bad pillows and poor sleeping posture at night. Sometimes, when I am really dead tired, I fall asleep in whatever random position. Good thing, I’ve discovered Occipivot. Occipivot is part of the Pivotal Therapy System and is designed to treat muscle tension and reverse forward head posture issues.

Occipivot may look like a weird-shaped pillow but it has many therapeutic features. This neck pain relief product is also a tool to relieve stress, headaches and TMJ. Occipivot helps correct all sorts of irregular sustained postures or positions. The material is light weight yet durable and you cannot easily bend or distort its shape.

When I first used Occipivot, I was pretty impressed because it really goes deep into the neck muscles at the back. That time, I was suffering from excruciatingly painful neck strain, so I resorted to using it. The muscles on my neck calmed down within just roughly 20 minutes. In just 4 consecutive days of 20-minute session using Occipivot, all the pain and tension in my neck was greatly reduced. If you’re no longer experiencing neck pain but you just want to feel relaxed, Occipivot is still useful. I love using it while meditating or while checking stuff on my phone.

With Occipivot, my need for chiropractor visits has lessened. Since it is part of the Pivotal Therapy System, I bet chiropractors would give Occipivot a thumbs up. Not to mention that Pivotal Therapy System has been practiced by physical therapists and chiropractors, hence my inference about Occipivot approval. But of course, I am not an expert so I would still highly recommend consulting a specialist before using Occipivot. I purchased Occipivot because of the great reviews. I’m very happy with it and have not experienced any negative effects from using it.

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When I do my Headspace meditation in the morning, I often lie on a yoga mat with the occipivot supporting my head.
 

Cervical Neck Traction Device and Collar Brace by BRANFIT

Due to the influx of paper works I had to finish, the side effect was migraine. This migraine led to stiff neck pain so I had to see a specialist. The specialist recommended me to use a neck traction device. So I browsed online and found Cervical Neck Traction Device and Collar Brace by BRANFIT.

I’ve read the product manual and it has many uses aside from stiff neck pain relief. This neck traction device fixes posture, relaxes shoulder, relieves headache and migraine, restores natural cervical curve, supports back and decompresses spine. It also eases traumatic neck and head injuries and could be used to treat spinal cord misalignment, whiplash and strains.

The product fits any neck size because it is adjustable. It comes with an extra-large velcro strap to ensure that it will fit all sizes. It is also made of a soft material so it’s guaranteed that anyone who would use it would feel maximum comfort. Since the material used for this device is soft, make sure to clean it only with a damp cloth. I assume that Brainfit prioritizes comfort for people who would use this product because a complete suede design is used.

On the first week, I used the device for 10 to 15 minutes, twice a day. Then, I still continued using it on the 2nd week for 15 to 20 minutes and twice daily. After just 2 weeks of use, my neck felt like it was given a new leash of life, as if no stiffness and pain experienced at all. Just for maintenance purposes, I continued using this neck traction device on the 3rd week at any time of the day. I am not saying though that it would take up to two weeks to get the best results. The result would still vary depending on who the user will be.

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This has over 4000 positive reviews so definitely worth a try. It’s on sale at the moment too. 

Miracle Ball Method

Another tool in my neck pain relief toolbox, is the Miracle Ball Method. This is a simple pain relief method – all I have to do is place two grapefruit-sized balls under my neck while lying down. The method can alleviate pain and tension in just minutes. Aside from said balls, The Miracle Ball Method kit includes a 296-page fully-illustrated book that contains exercises on how to utilize the two balls for pain and tension release. The method was attributed to the author’s own experiences dealing with chronic pain.

I didn’t expect that the kit would work because who would have thought a pair of balls could treat excruciating pain. These two squishy balls indeed perform miracles. I did some basic exercise techniques concentrating on my occiput and traps area. In just two sessions, I was amazed that those problem areas were pretty much pain-free for a couple of days. I’ve often taken anti-inflammatory’s like Cataflan and Arcoxia for my neck pain before, but the Miracle Ball works better, as long as you catch it early. In the case of meds, the relief only lasts a day or two, but with Miracle Ball, I get a few more good days out of it.

Aside from neck pain, Miracle Ball also works for the pain in the lower back, knees, head, hips or elbow. Whenever you feel pain, just place the balls under the painful point then rest, roll or rotate on them. Miracle Ball also works best for injuries sustained from physical activities such as working out or high intensity sports like squash which I play a lot, pain permitting. I find it very useful as well for managing stress and when doing yoga. What also makes it great is how small the balls are so you can just carry them with you wherever you go.

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This includes the Miracle Ball book and two Miracle Balls.
 

Choose the right neck pain solution for you

You obviously don’t have to purchase all the pieces of equipment I’ve reviewed here in my 6 methods for neck pain relief article, but I highly suggest trying at least one of them if neck pain is an issue in your life. By investing either in the Theracane, Occipivot, Neck Traction Device, Foundation Training or Miracle Ball, you could save hundreds of dollars in chiro or physio fees and ultimately with any luck, you’ll be pain free for life. 

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4 thoughts on “6 Methods For Neck Pain Relief”

  1. My back pain has been increasingly bad lately and I’m sure everyone has those phases in their life which makes this post so great with multiple reviews on products that can help people find a solution to relieve this pain. The Occipivot is the product for me since im looking for a back brace and not meds or training to help improve it. Thanks you.

    1. I left my Occiput in a hotel a few years ago and I really miss it. It’s not as easy to get here in SA since it has to be imported from the States. I think I’m just gonna bite the bullet and do it since it really did help. I hope it works for you. 

  2. Hello, 

    This was an interesting and helpful read. 

    Like many people I am working from home due to the current pandemic. I’m not sure that my dining table is the best desk and I’ve recently had some neck and back pain. It’s still mild at this stage but I do wonder what will happen if I continue to work from home for the rest of the year. 

    You provided a wide range of options with advice for each one. 

    The Naipo massager looks good and I feel tempted to give this a try. 

    Best wishes, 
    Cameron

    1. I would suggest, firstly, just making sure that your posture is as good as it can be. If you’re using a laptop, prop it up so that you’re not bending your head down and then use a separate keyboard so that you’re arms aren’t too high. A comfy chair with armrests is also advisable. If your posture is correct then hopefully you won’t need any of the items in my list. 

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