A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis – a condition that affects the joints and discs of the cervical spine. In other words – a severe pain in your neck!
This is an age-related condition, but in my situation, cervical spondylosis appeared due to an injury in childhood. Over the years, my neck became stiff and painful, and I was experiencing numbness and tingling in my shoulder and arms, so the diagnosis was decided: cervical spondylosis, not a simple pain in the neck.
As surgery wasn’t one of my options, I decided to follow non-surgical methods which turn in being very effective and helped me lead a normal life. In the last year with the help of natural remedies I managed to alleviate the symptoms of this painful disease. Of course, the disease is still there, but it’s not painful anymore, so I’m using natural remedies until I am ready for surgery and recovery after surgery.
1. Epsom Salt Baths
- Add a cup of Epsom salt to your tub.
- Fill the tub with water and allow the salt to dissolve.
- Soak in the Epsom salt bath for 20 to 30 minutes.
2. Hot And Cold Compresses
- Apply a cold compress to the affected area for the first 24 to 48 hours.
- Place the ice pack on for at least a minute before taking it off.
- Repeat the procedure 3 to 4 times.
- After 48 hours, use a hot compress and repeat the procedure.
- Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of hot milk.
- Mix well and consume.
4. Sesame Oil
- Take a tablespoon of sesame oil in your palms.
- Gently massage it into the aching area of your body. Leave it on for 10 minutes.
- Apply a hot compress over it.
- Leave it on for another 10 minutes and remove.
- You can also consume a tablespoon of roasted sesame seeds daily.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
- Soak a clean washcloth in diluted apple cider vinegar.
- Place it on the painful areas of your neck/shoulders.
- Leave it on for an hour or two and remove.
- You can also consume a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water daily.
6. Cayenne Pepper
This time Capsaicin isn’t for rubbing the painful area. Drink it instead to alleviate the pain from inside-out.
- Add a teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper to a glass of warm water.
- Mix well and drink daily.
- You can also add some honey to the solution for added flavor.
7. Castor Oil
- Take a tablespoon of cold-pressed castor oil and gently massage it onto your neck and shoulders.
- Place a warm compress on top and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Remove the compress and rinse off the oil.
Along with these natural remedies, include in your daily routine some low-impact exercises to strengthen the neck muscles so you can get a faster relief.
1. Neck Stretch
Push your chin forward until your neck is completely stretched.
2. Neck Tilt
Tilt your head from one side to the other towards either shoulder.
3. Neck Turn
Turn your neck to one side and then to the other. Go as far as you can comfortably do it.