It is estimated that over 1.7 billion people around the world suffer from chronic pain. Neck and back pain account for 70% of that number.
If you're one of us, repeat after me:
I don't have to live with this anymore.
Mine comes from a herniated disc. Maybe yours comes from staring down at a laptop or slouching in your chair.
Maybe you need to unwind at the end of a day's hard work.
However it started, it can end, or at least be significantly reduced. And this solution is something you may never have thought of.
Start feeling better today.
Why Do I Hurt?
Before anything else, get thee to a physician. If you have any sort of physical damage, you need to know about it.
Now answer this question fast, without thinking about it:
Are your shoulders hunched up around your ears? We don't do it intentionally, but we do it. Imagine the problems if we walked around all day with hands balled into fists.
So far these are mechanical causes. What about the oft-overlooked cause of many physical ailments?
It's Not "Just Stress"
In and of itself, stress is not evil. It's the battle fatigue of stress that never lets up that does you in.
Stress gets a bad rap, but pain is pain. It hurts.
Whether the cause is physical injury, poor ergonomics, stress, or tension and fatigue from the labor of a long day, there is relief to be had.
Unquestionably wonderful. But even the best masseuse or masseur can have an off day. Still, your body doesn't care about extenuating circumstances. It just wants relief.
The spine is the central conduit for every aspect of your health and well being. A chiropractor is trained to manipulate your spine to alleviate pressure on nerves and realign vertebrae to factory specs.
Physical therapy helps, no doubt It also hurts if you do it correctly. PTs all have these illustrated handouts they can give you, but they know you'll stop when it hurts. Hence the thrice weekly sessions.
A trainer can teach you how to strengthen and limber up the appropriate muscle groups. This often leads to relief or at least helps prevent additional injury.
All the methods above involve appointments, travel, copays, parking fees, frustrations, and more hunched shoulders.
Fortunately, there are many home-based treatments to get rid of neck pain. These are usually temporary solutions and include
- Ice & heat
- Warm baths
- A change in sleeping position
But there is an on-demand, always-available to you and your family solution, the one you may never have thought of.
The Massage Chair
Pain. Too often we choose to "just live with it" for a variety of reasons.
Enter the massage chair. These highly specialized, intricately designed devices manipulate your body from head to fingertips to toes.
Massage chairs vary wildly in price and features, from simple vibrating recliners to Shiatsu models you'll want to tip, so do your homework.
Talk to the pros who make and sell them. Talk to others who have used them. In a world of online shopping, honest user testimonials are your best best.
Don't Just Live With It
When was the last time you woke up and said to yourself, "I don't remember the last time I felt this good"?
You can do that. And there's no reason to wait.
No one should have to "just live" with neck pain. A massage chair might be the answer. Pick the right one for you and change your morning pronouncement to "Wow, I feel great!"