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Nasty Neck Spasm? 7 DIY Tips to Turn the Pain Volume Down a Notch

I’ve received a decent bunch of urgent calls, gchats, and emails from friends over the years saying, “Helena, I threw out my neck/shoulders and can’t get in to see my chiropractor/bodyworker/acupuncturist/trainer until _____. Blah! I’m in so much pain and I have so much to do. WHAT do I do?!”


Let me start by saying that I’ve been there many times (my neck used to freeze up in searing pain about once a month like clockwork before I started working with my Neuromuscular Trainer). I remember being on a packed NYC subway one Monday morning, my neck slowly freezing up, and knowing my chiropractor wasn’t in until Tuesday. I had a crazy deadline at work, dance rehearsal that evening…What to do, what to do…

The list of DIY tips I present to you are all things I’ve tried and experimented with over the years that have given me positive results. Keep in mind: Some work better than others for different people at different times for different things. Try one or two, mix and match. The more you play around, the better you’ll get at reading your body and knowing what it needs.

I hope these tips help provide a little relief next time you find yourself or a loved one in this yucky predicament (and hopefully, you never will : )

With love + free wheelin’ necks,

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