So last Thursday, I had this awful stiff neck that literally made me cry because of the pain. I don’t know what I did or how I got it, but when I got home from work, my neck was already feeling really sore. I had to result to drinking pain killers and using medicated patch just to get through the night. I don’t drink meds when the pain is bearable because I don’t want to be dependent on it. I try to naturally heal it as much as I can, but when the Doc says (or my Mother) it’s time to take your meds then that’s the only time I do it. These helped me a lot during the agonizing pain:
Salonpas is a high-menthol patch that you attach or stick to the body part where the pain is. I used this not more than 3 times a day during the healing period. Ask your doctor first before using because you might be allergic to it. If this product is not available, ask your doc or the pharmacist for alternative.
There is another product I used, which is SAFE and EFFECTIVE because it’s made from all natural ingredients. It’s called Happy Healing Vapor Rub from Seven Scent. A very good friend of mine owns the product line and it comes in different variations depending on the kind of treatments needed — and I LOVE IT! Smells great, didn’t harm my skin at all! I got the 50g container because I couldn’t live without it! LOL 😀 I just applied it on my neck all the way to my shoulders 🙂 Before, Seven Scent was only available here in the Philippines, but very recently they started shipping products in the U.S.
Of course, you can’t treat stiff neck by just drinking meds or applying vapor rubs, you also need to do some mild exercises to release tension. THE BEST treatment I did was Callanetics. It’s an exercise that improves the deeper muscles, not just the surface muscles. It was developed in the 1980’s by Callan Pinckney. This exercise uses precise body positioning that will target specific muscle groups. I personally loved the neck and back exercises because it helped relieve the pain of stiff neck. After a couple of sessions, I woke up with relaxed muscles and the pain completely vanished! Hallelujah!
I realized, after days of terrible pain, that exercise is indeed the best medicine of all. I’ll continue Callanetics, because I fell in love with it, and see what other benefits it can offer my body. 🙂 ‘Till then!