What products actually help relieve neck pain?

Over the last ten years I’ve tried all kinds of products to help relieve or just manage my neck pain.  I’d like to share with you some of the products that I found to actually make a difference, as well as a few that I have tried but didn’t help at all.

Most helpful neck pain products:

The Miracle Ball Method by Elaine Petrone – this product is not designed just for neck pain, you can use it on many parts of your body.  It’s simply two smallish flexible balls and comes with an instruction guidebook on how to use them.  You lie down on a firm surface and place the balls under you and simply relax your muscles into them.  I found it best to start with just a few minutes at a time and work up.  I also use these to stretch out my hips by placing them under my pelvic bones.  The best part is that they are really inexpensive!

DreamTime Calming Crescent neck warmer – this is a wonderful product that helps to relax tense muscles.  The great thing about it is that it’s also quite heavy so there is a little pressure downwards on your shoulders.  I put mine in the microwave for a few minutes and it comes out toasty warm.  I’ll use it for 20 minutes or longer.  It’s great to alternate with ice therapy if your pain is acute.

Classic ice bag – this just makes icing so much simpler, and it’s really inexpensive and lasts forever!  I used to use ziplock bags filled with ice and wrapped in a towel.  This ice bag is so simple to use, water doesn’t condense on the outside and I use it directly against my neck.

HoMedics Shiatsu massager – when my neck muscles get super tight, this pillow with two kneading shiatsu massage balls really does the trick.  It’s reasonably priced, much cheaper than some of the more elaborate massage chairs out there.  I use it while sitting on the sofa or reclining in bed, I just adjust pillows around the massager to get the pressure just right.

Inversion table – if traction helps your neck (or back), an inversion table is the way to go.  It’s really important to be able to take the pressure off your spine.  I find it works best if I use it 10-15 minutes/day regularly.

High quality down pillows (full size and travel size) – for some reason these work better for me than any other pillow, and I have tried many! I first bought a small down travel pillow from this really great company in Seattle, Washington called All About Down (I actually bought it on Amazon), I love that they are made in the USA.  You can also contact them and they will stuff the pillows to your desired fullness level, so you can get a truly custom fit.  I take this pillow everywhere with me!  Nothing can aggravate my neck pain faster than a bad pillow, and most hotels do not have quality pillows.  The worst for me are pillows that are too full, which put my neck at a really bad angle.  I also have a full size down pillow that I use at home every night.

Least helpful neck pain products:

Real-Ease Neck and Shoulder Relaxer – this product looked really promising.  When my neck is really sore I just crave the feeling of traction, for someone to just grab my head and stretch it away from my body.  I thought this would be a perfect and convenient way to just lie down and get the benefits of traction.  I have no idea if it’s my particular neck issue (degenerative arthritis), but this device actually caused me more pain.

What products help with your neck pain?

I’d love to hear what products have and haven’t worked for your neck pain.  Please share in the comments below!  And thank you for reading.


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