Thursday, March 25, 2010


Gentle massage of the neck muscles, particularly with aromatic oils, often helps. Please note, however, that some oils can be poisonous (toxic) in large quantities and can be harmfil during pregnancy or with conditions such as epilepsy. Rubbing the area with liniments can also help - these produce a feeling of warmth and reduce pain. Some liniments available over the counter contain capsaicin (an extract of the capsicum, or pepper, plant), and a similar stronger preparation is available on prescription.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

How can I help myself?

Most attacks of neck pain settle down within a few days and do not need medical treatment. Resting for a few days is often all you need.


You can take simple painkillers such as paracetamol. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, available at chemists, often help but can sometimes cause indigestion, so be careful if you have a history of stomach upsets. As an alternative you can rub anti-inflammatory gels or ctreams onto tender areas with less risk to the digestion.