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how can I get rid of muscle spasms in my neck and upper back?

Posted by Joie P. Facebook

This question is for my mom
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Visiting a chiropractor can help a lot. He would be able to provide you with the best solution, whether its massage therapy, accupressure or posture correction exercises. All these are really very helpful in cases related to pain in any part of the body.
Viv Patient Expert

Hello Joie,

Please read my article on The Prayer Position. It has helped my neck and back pain. Good luck to your Mom, I know what that pain can be like. It is very difficult to concentrate or complete any chores or tasks when you suffer from neck and back pain.


Here are a few things that you can do to get rid of muscle spasms in the neck and upper back:

1. see a chiropractor- they can help to make sure you have good neck alignment. They can take x-rays if needed and see exactly why you are having muscle spasms in the first place

2. exercise your neck - do specific neck stretches

3. use a supportive neck pillow at night - here is a good one:

4. use a tens unit on the neck and upper back area

5. use biofreeze on your neck and upper back muscles and do muscle massage. This pain relief gel works wonders for muscle spasm

6. do traction on your neck - stretching your neck can relieve a lot of pain and spasms 

7. check your posture when you work on the computer, at home, at work etc.

8. use a hot pack on your neck and upper back area. I would recommend a 9x16 hot and cold pack that covers your neck and shoulders completely

Here is a good article with more information on how to get rid of a muscle spasm in the neck and upper back:

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