As a seasoned neurosurgeon and spine surgeon, Anthony A. Virella, MD, has trained hundreds of surgeons in minimally invasive spine surgery. He has also helped countless patients from around the globe manage and eliminate neck and back pain.
Neck and back pain is aggravating at its best and debilitating at its worst, and it’s often a sign that something needs to change. Working with a specialist like Anthony A. Virella, M.D., and obtaining permission to try steps like those below, can help you manage neck and back pain so you can reclaim your life.
Magnesium: Often, neck and back pain caused by muscle strain improves with magnesium supplementation. Magnesium is a mineral that facilitates natural muscle relaxation and contraction, and as is true with many vitamins and minerals, many patients do not consume enough of it.
Eating fruits, vegetables and beans provides natural sources of dietary magnesium. Epsom salt baths or massaging magnesium oil on the skin are supplemental methods of magnesium delivery.
Discuss all dietary changes with your healthcare professional before adjusting your habits.
Try a Different Pillow. Even if you use perfect posture throughout the day and use an ergonomically-sound computer setup, you can spend hours per day with poor spine positioning if you use a low-quality pillow.
Consider trying a different pillow designed to reduce neck pain. You have thousands of choices, ranging from memory foam pillows to water pillows, and not everything will work for you. Ask your doctor what he or she would recommend, read reviews carefully and experiment to find a sleeping option that helps you heal.