Managing Neck Inflammation: Simple Tips for Executive Mums on Pain Relief and Healing (Part 2)
In this blog, we are going to discuss some more tips on how to relieve neck pain and inflammation. This is a two part blog. If you haven't read part 1 of this blog, you can read it here.

Cold packs:
You can use a cold pack to ease the inflammation in your neck. Cold packs are helpful to ease the soreness or achiness that you may feel in the neck due to the inflammation or physical stresses that built up on the neck as the days goes by.  HERE are the cold packs that I use and recommend.

Watch this video for more details on cold packs and how to decide whether you should use a hot or a cold pack for your neck pain: 

Stress Management:
As a mom working in a high stress executive position, Mental stress or anxiety can be a constant part of your everyday work life. However chronic stress can be the contribute to muscle tension and exacerbate neck pain. When you are stressed or anxious, your posture changes. This is commonly seen as shrugged and rounded shoulders. In order to balance your head on these rounded shoulders you need to poke your head out, leading to a forward head posture. The muscles in the chest area are more contracted than normal and those on the upper back are lengthened. These poor postures change the length tension relationship between the muscles leading to pain. Adopt stress management techniques such as essential oils, deep breathing exercises, meditation, or mindfulness practices to alleviate mental stress. 
HERE is a guide to find out 'What is the source of your neck pain?' Some specific symptoms of neck pain can give you an idea of what structures can be possibly involved. Once you understand the reason for your pain you can work on the treatment accordingly. This guide will help you to learn some differentiating symptom of common neck conditions.
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