Neck and shoulder muscle pain you say? I’m sure most people can relate to this! Lots of people come to me asking for pain relief from this body and specially for their neck and shoulder . Some come in moving their shoulders and wincing in pain, while some try rubbing their neck for relief. And it’s so common, so if you have it, let me do a run through of what it is and what you can do about it.
Why is Neck and Shoulder Pain so Common?
We use our neck and shoulder muscles throughout the day. The neck especially gets the burden of holding the head in the proper posture to align with the spine. Additionally, the shoulder muscles help anchor the head and neck to the proper position.
When we walk, sit in front of the computer, carry things around, or perform various tasks, our neck and shoulder muscles are constantly engaged. This makes them prone to soreness and over-exertion.
Even simple things like a bad sleeping position or too much time at the computer sitting in the wrong chair can cause you neck and shoulder muscle pain!
Which Muscle Relaxers should you Use?
Be it from a bad sleeping position, wrong posture, a mild injury, or simply too much work, pain in the neck and shoulder muscles can be quite bothersome. Luckily, there are things you can do to help relieve the discomfort and pain from sore neck and shoulder muscles.
Pain medication is the quickest option for pain relief. Though the pain may go away in a couple of days, many patients find that taking an over-the-counter (OTC) medication can make the condition more manageable. Acetaminophen is the most commonly used pain medication since it’s the safest and has the least side effects. It’s safe for pregnant and breastfeeding moms, too! (If you pregnant, check my previous post about Pregnant? How to Check which Over-the-Counter Medicines are Safe to Take)
If any inflammation or swelling is present, anti-inflammatory medications (or NSAIDs) can help as well. These include ibuprofen (read about risks of using ibuprofen) and naproxen. If you’re pregnant, note that ibuprofen and many other NSAIDs aren’t advisable to take. Talk to your doctor if you think you need an anti-inflammatory drug for muscle pain.
These medications are available in a variety of dosage forms, including tablets, capsules, and suppositories. They’re quite convenient for adults and seniors to take as well.
Aside from pain medications, it’s also best to rest the painful area. Avoid lifting heavy items or suddenly moving your neck and shoulders into a certain direction. You can also apply painkilling liniments to soothe the affected area. In some cases, gentle massage may also help promote relief.