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Relieve Upper Back Pain and a Stiff Neck With These 4 Holistic Treatments

Holistic and natural treatments for pain relief are plentiful. Having the right tools and resources will help you to relieve nagging pain in your upper back and the stiffness in your neck.

Holistic health.
The ‘mind-body-spirit’ movement gives us an understanding of how to treat our bodies with holistic treatments. However, a mind-body-spirit approach is not necessarily the same as a holistic therapy.

For pain relief, a holistic therapy should address pain symptoms and patterns in the entire body. A health practitioner might ask you questions about how you feel mentally and spiritually, but the focus should be first on immediate physical symptoms.

A holistic physical assessment would look at your posture and body alignment, daily habits, work demands, recreation, and lifestyle habits such as exercise and nutrition.

Holistic treatment is more effective at treating your pain because it can address many possible causes of your pain. Without digging to find the true source of your pain, you will only treat symptoms and the pain will return.

Immediate relief of upper back pain and neck stiffness.
The tension in your body might become so uncomfortable that you need immediate relief. These 3 therapies can help:

1) Massage therapy- To keep it holistic, make sure your therapist gives you a regular massage. You do not want them to only focus on your upper body. A complete massage will contribute to stress relief, and to detecting muscle habits that may be hurting you.
2) Acupuncture- This toolbox of ancient methods redirects energy and circulation in your body. It can reprogram your body to return to healthier ways.
3) Meditation- Increasing evidence suggests that meditation and stress relief provide instant and long-term relief of pain. Learn and practice some meditation techniques that work for you.

Long-term upper back and neck pain relief.
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4) Exercise- Cardiovascular (aerobic) conditioning includes continuous activity like walking, cycling, jogging, hiking, rowing, aerobic dance, and swimming. Cardio is critical to relieving the upper body because it gets blood and oxygen to restricted tissues and joints. It also reduces stress and gives you energy, which are both challenged when your body is in pain.
You will feel the fastest relief if you strength-train. Focus on improving posture. Strengthen the muscles behind and between the shoulder blades. Also make the muscles along your spine stronger to make you feel taller.

Stretch often. If you do a lot of sitting during your workday, you should stretch every time you stand up and move. If you stay seated for long times, include rotation and side-to-side stretches.

With a holistic approach to your body, you can treat all the reasons your upper back and neck might feel pain.

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