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Treatment Methods and Home Remedies for Neck Pain Relief

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Neck pain treatments can keep you truly present and in the moment, instead of wincing in pain at the slightest head movement. Looking at a menu at your favourite restaurant, putting the last stitches on that embroidery project, even turning to look at your loved one as they walk through the door after a long day – it is all made difficult when your neck hurts. That’s why... we’ve compiled this guide to neck pain treatments to help you regain your joy of movement.

Neck pain occurs when there is a tear or strain in any of the muscles, ligaments, nerves, or discs that make up your neck, also known as your cervical spine. Neck pain risk factors include, sleeping in an awkward position, overuse, emotional stress, or injury due to an accident or contact sports. It may also be spurred by arthritis or degenerative disc disease.

If you’re wondering how to get rid of neck pain, read on.

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Medicated treatments for neck pain

Sometimes, medicated treatments for neck pain are the way to go, especially if at the onset of neck pain and ...if neck pain is particularly hampering your ability to get through the day with a smile on your face.


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Over-the-counter pain relief

Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or paracetomol, can help relieve neck pain.

Anti-inflammatory gels, such as Voltarol

If you’d prefer to use a topical gel format to taking a pill, these are available in the form of diclofenac and ibruprofen. Voltarol gels contains a powerful anti-inflammatory NSAID diclofenac that relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and so it speeds natural healing so you can regain the joy of turning your neck.

Muscle relaxants

Your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants in the short term in order to help resolve your neck pain. 

Steroid injections

In a small number of cases, your doctor may choose to inject corticosteroids near the nerve root in your cervical spine or directly into the neck muscles in order to relieve severe muscular neck pain.


Surgery is very rarely needed for neck pain. However, in rare cases, in can help relieve nerve root or spinal cord compression.

Home remedies for neck pain

Neck pain treatments can often be performed at home, with neck pain resolving itself within a short time as a result of home remedies.

Try these home remedies for neck pain:

  • Cold or heat
    Reduce inflammation by applying an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel for up to 20 minutes a day. Alternate cold therapy with heat in order to sooth and loosen tight neck muscles. Consider taking a hot shower or applying a heat patch.
  • Stretch
    Gently stretching your neck muscles can keep them from seizing up and causing pain. Gently tilt, bend, and rotate your neck to loosen your neck muscles and keep them limber.
  • Neck-strengthening exercises
    If you’re looking for ways to get rid of neck pain in the long run, consider performing exercises on a regular basis that strengthen your neck muscles. This can help stave off future muscular neck pain. Poor muscle conditioning is a risk factor for muscle strain.
  • Sit comfortably with your shoulders back. Clasp your hands gently behind your head. Press your head firmly backward into your hands. Hold for 30 seconds and release. Perform multiple times to build strength.
  • You can also vary this by moving your head side to side, or up and down, slowly, pausing and slightly stretching at the end of the movement arc.
  • Practice good posture
    Slouching and rounded shoulders are signs of poor posture. We’re all guilty of it, whether it’s hunching over your phone or slouching on the couch. Particularly for those of us who sit in front of a computer all day, bad posture can be an especially bad habit. Be sure to practice good posture when you are sitting, standing, and walking in order to remedy neck pain.
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Happy woman streching in bed - good sleep is a great remedy for bad neck pain

Here are some posture tips, when it comes to neck pain:

  • Keep your cervical spine straight, as if an imaginary string is pulling it up towards the ceiling.
  • Pull your shoulders back so they are aligned with your ears. This ensures that the weight of your head is naturally balanced on your cervical spine, instead of straining the neck muscles.
  • Get a good, supportive night’s rest.
    Sleep problems increase the risk for a wide range of conditions, including musculoskeletal pain. So, if your neck is feeling a little sore, be sure to set an appropriate bedtime and stick to it. No less important is making sure you use the proper pillows to keep your neck in alignment with your back while you sleep. Your pillows should maintain your neck vertebrae in a straight line with the rest of your spine. 
  • Take it easy.
    You know the feeling… You’re worried about an upcoming event and your neck and shoulders feel like a pile of knots. Emotional stress has a way of tensing up the muscles in our back, which can contribute to neck pain. If you feel tension building up, see if you can take a night off (is it really worth the impending pain of a sore neck?) Make yourself a cup of hot tea, kick back, and relax.

Voltarol products for neck pain

Can you use Voltarol on your neck? The answer is yes! Voltarol products that can be used to get you turning your head to look at that beautiful sunset (believe us, it’s worth it!) include:

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How does Voltarol work to relieve neck pain Voltarol Back & Muscle 1.16% Gel works by providing 3x more effective pain relief.*

Voltarol gels are designed to beat pain by:
1. Relieving pain
2. Reducing inflammation
3. To help speed recovery

Voltarol gels deliver diclofenac, a potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), specially formulated as an Emulgel which penetrates through the skin to the source of your pain.

*vs non-medicated gel

How to use Voltarol to relieve neck pain

How to use Voltarol for neck pain – everything you need to know when using Voltarol gels to combat your neck pain. 

How to use Voltarol gels for neck pain

Here is how to use Voltarol gel for neck pain. It’s easy, we promise!

  1. Open your tube of Voltarol gel by twisiting off the cap
  2. Squeeze out an amount ranging in size from 1 penny to 2 pence, depending on the size of the affected area
  3. Gently rub into the skin above where you are experiencing body pain
  4. Apply Voltarol gel as indicated on the label
  5. Start to regain your joy of movement
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