Treatments for severe neck strains
More serious neck strains require more involved treatments in order to bring relief. They might include:
Manual manipulation. You can have a trained medical professional manually adjust your neck and back. Their goal will be to realign joints, improve your neck’s range of motion, and reduce pain.
Massage therapy. Massage is an effective way to loosen up and relax your neck muscles. It can also increase blood flow to any damaged tissues, which may provide some relief. You can sometimes find massage therapy offered together with manual manipulation.
Physical therapy. Physical therapy helps improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles in the neck. Once you learn how to do the exercises with a physical therapist, you’ll eventually be able to continue the program at home, as needed.
Prescription medications. On rare occasions, a neck strain may be severe enough to require a prescription medication in order to get relief.
Acupuncture. This treatment strategically places thin needles into key pressure points in your body in order to restore balanced energy flows and reduce pain. Although not clinically proven, anecdotal evidence indicates pain relief from acupuncture treatments.