Shoulder pain can affect the way we concentrate on certain things. This very common problem can be due to an extended period of using tablets, laptops, and smartphones, as well as, injuries.
For individuals having shoulder pain, here are some home remedies that are worth the try.
Applying a cold compress is one of the first home remedies we can try if we are suffering from shoulder pains. The cold temperature will help reduce inflammation, numb the pain, and will limit the build-up of lactic acid, which is a by-product of muscle metabolism that can increase pain and muscle soreness.
Put some ice cubes in a towel or inside a pillowcase and place it against the painful area for at least 10-15 minutes. Do this every two hours for the first 48 hours.
Ice massage is also an option but ice should not be left in direct contact with the skin for over 5 minutes due to the very real possibility of frostbite.
Ask a family member to knead the sore muscle. A sock and a tennis ball can also do the work. Simply put the tennis ball inside a sock and then place it at the back of the shoulder where it sore. Go against a wall and apply pressure to the tennis ball and roll around. Doing this will give our self a massage.
Olive oil possesses anti-inflammatory components that can help reduce swelling and stiffness and improve our blood circulation as well. These effects can provide some relief from shoulder pain.
This remedy will require us to heat some olive oil for a few seconds. Allow it to cool down and ask someone to massage it on the shoulder area. Some pressure should be applied to the shoulder muscles to release the stress. To achieve the best results, do this for at least 10 minutes.
Epsom salt helps relieve pain and inflammation, improves blood circulation, and releases stress from the whole body. It is actually a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium helps reduce inflammation and also with muscle and nerve function while sulfate helps improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches.
For a soothing bath, we simply need to fill the bathtub with lukewarm water and place 2 cups of Epsom salt in it. Mix it thoroughly and then sit in the water with shoulders submerged for at least 20-25 minutes. Repeat this thrice a week to get better results.
Have a mild hot shower on the shoulder for about 5-10 minutes to provide relief from the pain. According to research, our bodies respond to medium heat levels better than intense heat levels.