Feelings of nagging pain, “clogged” muscles and other discomfort in the neck area are common side effects of daily work at the computer. Manufacturers of ointments and massagers promise to revitalize the neck. Here are the most common methods of combating the problem.
Warming or Cooling Ointments
Warming ointments for neck pain are not a priority. Their work is based on a short-term blocking of pain receptors – thus inhibiting the effects of cytokines on them. The effect of such ointments is weak and short-lived – because by blocking the pain receptors, they have no effect on the inflammation itself, and it continues. Besides, contributing to increased blood flow, irritating ointments can lead to a worsening of the pain syndrome. Effective external therapy includes ointments based on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory components – only they can block the inflammatory enzyme, breaking the pathological chain of pain. But before using such ointments, It’s worth consulting a doctor.
Shantz collars are used to fix the neck, not to treat osteochondrosis. The neck is the most mobile area and does not tolerate immobility. On the contrary, avoiding neck exercises and fixation contributes to turning the pain syndrome into a chronic one. It should be understood that fixation of the neck and head is indicated for injuries, as well as after surgical treatment of the cervical spine. In these cases, it’s needed to unload the injured area and allow it to recover faster.
Since fixing collars are comfortable, it’s possible to wear them while playing at a live casino or working from home. This way you will stay healthy, even leading a sedentary lifestyle.
Orthopedic Pillows for Sleep
Orthopedic pillows are used to prevent neck pain after sleeping. We spend a lot of time sleeping, so it is very important that the position of the neck during prolonged immobility is as physiological as possible. The most comfortable pillows are those with two bolsters – but for those who prefer to sleep on their stomach, a version with a notch in the middle may be suitable. It’s good if the pillow is made of memory foam: it adapts better to the individual anatomy of the neck. Pillows are chosen individually according to the size of the shoulder and should only be bought in specialized salons.
Simple Hand Massagers
Massage is contraindicated during the acute period of pain. Like manual therapy, massage is a complementary method of treatment. The procedure should be performed by a certified specialist. Self-massage and the use of supplemental devices can be detrimental.
On the other hand, engineers who design hand massagers try to minimize the risks of negative effects of their inventions. The massager must be certified. However, due to the weak effectiveness and the patient’s lack of understanding of the effects of this technique on the body, I would not recommend using this method of treatment.
Electric Massagers With Shiatsu Modes, Heating, and Other Functions
Electric massagers are different from manual ones in that they have a more pronounced effect. It’s better to use an electric massager not to treat pain in the spine, but to relieve muscle tension after a hard day at work. The main rule to remember is not to work on the muscles for more than 15-20 minutes a day, and the course should be limited to 10-12 sessions. Otherwise, prolonged exposure can lead to tissue damage.