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Simple Ways to Ease Neck Pain During Pregnancy

Posted in General Chiropractic, Wellness Library on September 9, 2016

Different Tips to Ease Neck Pain for Pregnant Women | The Chiropractic Center at StyertowneThere are a lot of ways your Clifton Chiropractor can help your neck hurt less.
Sources of neck pain include auto injuries, accidents, poor posture and age, and even pregnancy! Neck pain during pregnancy is the most common type of discomfort after back pain.
While there is no replacement for real pregnancy chiropractic care and adjustment, there are a number of things that you can do to help relieve the pain you feel in your neck.

Take Prenatal Yoga

As your body changes due to the new life growing inside of you, your body is readjusting itself to accommodate extra weight. This extra weight adds extra pressure and strain on the neck causing discomfort and a stiff neck.

Prenatal yoga is not only great to stay in shape while you’re pregnant, but it also provides additional benefits. Prenatal yoga is intended for pregnant women as a multifaceted approach to exercising. Stretching, mental centering, and focused breathing are the basis for prenatal yoga.

Different prenatal exercises are particularly helpful for neck pain relief. The best way to figure out which yoga postures are best for you to ease tension in your neck and shoulders, it is recommended that you speak to your doctor or midwife to avoid injuries.

Take Magnesium

Neck pain is caused by muscle strains and sprains. One of the most important minerals for your muscles is magnesium. This mineral helps your muscles work by aiding in contraction and relaxation.

Magnesium can also help you reduce neck pain by increasing your ability to strengthen your muscular-skeletal system. This gives your neck more stability and resistance to sharp movement, as well as normal wear and tear.

Most people don’t get as much magnesium as they used to. Around 100 years ago, we typically consumed 500 mg of magnesium a day. Today’s estimates of magnesium consumption run at less than half of that number.
To get magnesium you can eat fruits, vegetables, beans, soy products and whole grains. You can also bathe in Epsom salt, take magnesium supplements, or apply magnesium oil during a massage.

Pair the Magnesium Oil with Remedial Massage

Remedial massage differs from traditional massage in that oil is applied and rubbed into the skin with the purpose of penetrating into the muscles and joints. This is said to remove toxins and help with joint mobility and muscle relaxation.
This method can also help practitioners identify secondary reasons for pain, reduce further injury, and strengthen the neck with exercise.

Use a Back and Neck Support Pillow

Stop tossing and turning when you’re sleeping and waking up with a stiff neck. To avoid neck pain in the morning use a good neck and back pillow that can support your growing belly, your back, and your neck. These back and neck support pillows are also known as maternity or pregnancy pillows and can help in avoiding pain along the neck, shoulder, hips, and back.

Talk to A Chiropractor

While many of the above tips can offer temporary relief, speaking with a chiropractor with expertise in pregnancy chiropractic care is the best bet to get personalized treatment for your case. Neck pain can be the cause of underlying problems that you may not be aware until you visit a specialized chiropractor. Dr. Lou Schimmel and his team at The Chiropractic Center at Styertowne are experts in pregnancy chiropractic care and can create personalized chiropractic care treatments just for you. Contact the Clifton Chiropractic Center at Styertowne and speak with an expert to ease your neck pain today!


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