Applying a hot portable heat pad to your neck is often all it takes to relieve a common kink or ache. Other times, however, you may have an actual injury.
Suffering an accident is bad enough as it is, but when it happens to the cervical section of the spine, it can be extremely painful. Fractures, strains or sprains can be life threatening, or simply hard to kick off once they’ve occurred. When it happens you better see a doctor first and shop second, but there is no need for an injury to happen to have a need for soft foam neck support – a cervical neck brace can be worn as preventative equipment to prevent further injury while providing stability.
If you’re sitting at the computer, reading this article with dropped shoulders and bent neck, you should straighten up if you don’t want to wear a collar. A bad posture is almost always unintentional and often leads to neck pain or soreness. When you’re not paying attention, the spinal disks can press against nerves causing almost unbearable pain that is hard to heal from. Soft tissue can also get tense from this unhealthy practice of sitting in a question mark shape.
These problems can be minimized by a neck brace. When support is not really needed, a soft foam variation can be worn temporarily. This helps to relieve the pain once it has occurred and prevents it from happening if you catch the early signs. These signs may be numbness in the hands, usually only one hand at a time. It’s not always the symptom of nerve pressure, but it’s a good countermeasure to eliminate a possible cause when it doesn’t cost much money or effort. Sometimes a portable heating pad is enough to loosen up a stiff neck.
Sleeping on the couch is another of the common non-accident related causes for neck pain. Just as in the case of bad sitting posture, a soft cervical collar worn for a few hours will usually fix the problem. You don’t always have to get one, but if the suffering doesn’t pass or even gets worse in a day or two you should definitely see a doctor. They’ll be able to help you choose the proper size and toughness.
In case you’ve strained your neck muscles due to an accident, you shouldn’t self-diagnose, because there may be underlying issues that cannot be seen by untrained observers. A simple X-Ray examination should shed some non-visible light on the status of your bones. Pinching or shooting pain should not be taken lightly, especially when occurring after physical trauma. Your medical care provider may recommend a cervical neck brace collar.