Neck problems such as whiplash, arthritis, wry neck, cervical disc prolapse and torticollis are common causes of neck pain and a stiff neck. Neck pain relief products can be helpful in the treatment of painful neck conditions. Neck pain pillows made from memory foam allow sufficient neck comfort to get a good night's sleep in many cases where lying flat to sleep causes severe neck pain.
A neck pain pillow is also an excellent method of preventing neck pain where there has been a history of a neck problem. Physiotherapy treatment for a stiff and painful neck often involves massage to reduce neck muscle spasm and pain. Massage may be preceded by heat therapy in the form of a hot pack which elicits relaxation and a relief from painful neck muscle spasm. In the acute early stages of a neck problem a soft neck collar made from foam may be very helpful at providing neck support by supporting the weight of the head and allowing the neck muscles to relax.
Physiotherapists often use traction to relieve pressure on the discs in the neck and help to relieve neck pain and stiffness. Home traction kits work on the same principle and are easy to set up to provide relief of neck pain symptoms at home. Home physio DVDs are another superb method of helping you to treat your own neck and arm pain. Physiotherapist Judith Pitt Brook explains the causes of common neck and arm problems and provides practical information on how you can prevent and treat neck and arm pain yourself.