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How do you get instant relief from neck pain?

I am a 39 year old male and I have bad neck pain. How do you get instant relief from neck pain?

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Much of the time, pain is the last signal which initiates you to act on a challenge or problem that has been in the making. The symptom of pain, itself, is not easy to definitively state how to "get instant relief." I would invite you to evaluate for yourself what you're goal is because, most often times, symptoms (especially pain) can come and go quickly so is not a good way of addressing your health, wellness and functional issues. If you notice symptom onset (in regard to pain) I would seek advice related to understanding your specific condition rather than getting instant relief (even though that may be an experience you have when instituting treatment).
Go see your chiropractor. They will fix your neck issue with a chiropractic adjustment and most likely you’ll have immediate relief from pain, though of course nothing is guaranteed. You might want to also try ice packs to the painful areas.
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If you are an established patient with a chiropractor, then a simple trip to the office may do the trick. If it is from a recent trauma and are unable to head to the office, then doing some ice therapy on the neck with some OTC anti inflammatory should help.

Great question. Instant relief is tough to judge. There are a lot of causes of neck pain and so the most generic answer I can give you is in order to get instant relief from neck pain (and all other pain) is to find the source of that pain. Once you find the source, you're a step closer to finding the solution to that pain.
Hope this helps.

Dr. Lauren Harden, D.C
The short answer is Ice. But the complete answer is much more. Your question should first be answered with another question: What is causing the pain? Pain is a symptom. Pain is never a stand-alone problem Like heat is a symptom of a burning fire. With no contraindications, like circulatory compromise common in diabetic patients, ice helps relieve pain by reducing inflammation and 'calming' irritated nerve endings.

More important long-term is to seek the help of a qualified health care professional to determine and treat the cause of the pain. Often, the cause of neck pain is a mechanical malfunction of the joints and muscles of the cervical spine. The medical term for this is Vertebral Subluxation Complex. In plain terms, we call it a pinched nerve. Chiropractors use their diagnostic and therapeutic skills to improve the overall biomechanics (motion, balance, strength) to allow the spine to return to normal. The next issue is to address what has caused 'abnormal'. Posture, injury and arthritis often contribute to spinal imbalance. Your chiropractor should talk to you about addressing these issues.
Hope this helps. Remember, ice is the natural wonder drug.
It depends on the cause of the pain, so it is important to get checked by a doctor. Chiropractic adjustments often provide instant relief of neck pain! Of course, nothing can keep pain from ever coming back again guaranteed, but you will often experience instant and eventually lasting results from chiropractic adjustments combined with muscle work to loosen tight muscles.
A good way to get relief from neck pain is spinal adjustments. Adjustments don’t always provide immediate relief, sometimes it takes time, but for the majority of my patients it does. Other options include a medical doctor or a physical therapist, but I always recommend doing conservative care first before resorting to medications which will most likely be pain medication or muscle relaxers. There may be underlying reasons why you are susceptible to neck pain, xrays and special testing from a physical therapist or chiropractor would be good options to start with.

Dr. Kamryn Terveer
Chiropractic Physician
It depends on the mechanism of injury for your neck pain. Most acute neck pain responds very well to physical medicine, such as manipulation and therapeutic exercise.
Pain is your body warning you that something is wrong. It could be a sign of something serious, like stroke or heart attack, or it could be something simple like improper movement of the joints of your neck. It is important to have it checked by a professional who will ask you questions and do a thorough examination to find out the cause of the pain. A good chiropractor should be able to determine the cause. If the cause is related to joints or muscles, your chiropractor should be able to help you. As with any medical procedure, there is no guarantees of immediate relief.

There is no way to get instant relief from neck pain. However, there are ways to decrease neck pain over time naturally. It begins with improving your posture. Start by squeezing your shoulder blades together. Do this in 4 reps of 10, three times a day. By strengthening these posture muscles over time, you will begin to notice improved posture resulting in less neck pain over time.
Ice, 20 minutes on 20 off
An adjustment can often provide quick relief. Otherwise, try light stretching and/or pain relief cream, such as biofreeze or cbd cream.
There are many possible causes of pain and or discomfort. It is important to get appropriate evaluation of your condition and this can be done by a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).
There is no magic way to get instant relief, especially if the cause of pain is unknown. A Chiropractic exam and treatment will identify the cause of pain, then treat it.
For minor, common causes of neck pain, try these simple remedies:
Apply heat or ice to the painful area. ...
Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Keep moving, but avoid jerking or painful activities. ...
Do slow range-of-motion exercises, up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear.