A sharp stabbing pain in the shoulder is enough to spoil your entire mood within seconds, leaving you restless and incapable to do anything thereafter. It can either be a sudden pain or the one you’re ignoring for quite a long time, whatever it is, shoulder pain needs to be treated or at least get an instant care to prevent it from getting worse.
The pain in shoulder can happen at any of those tendons, ligaments or muscles located in the shoulder area and can happen to anyone at any age. And once it starts to hurt, it becomes challenging to carry out any other task. Few of the reasons behind sudden shoulder pain are:
• Long sitting office hours in front of computers
• Lack of physical activity
• Constant usage of laptop/smartphones/tablets
• Injury to soft tissues, muscles, and ligaments of shoulders
• Bursitis, frozen shoulder or strained muscles
• Some particular diseases like cervical spine diseases at neck or conditions of heart, liver and even gallbladder etc.
Not every time you have shoulder pain, you need to run to a doctor unless you are unable to move your shoulder at all or have the chronic pain of possible broken bone. In such cases, see a doctor immediately. For minor pains and instant relief, we’ve curated the 7 best home remedies that you can easily perform to treat your shoulder. Let’s see what are they:
1) Cold Compress
The quick and the easiest way to relieve your shoulder pain is to ice it. Grab some ice cubes and put it in a plastic bag and wrap a thin towel around it, now place this pack on the aching shoulder for about 10-15 minutes. The cold will numb the affected area and reduce the inflammation instantly. Repeat the compress 2-3 times a day for several days to cure it completely. If ice cubes aren’t ready, alternatively, you can use a towel soaked in cold water to relax the sore muscles.
Note: Do not put ice cubes directly on your skin as it may cause frostbite.
2) Hot Compress
Like cold compress, hot compress can also help ease the pain and inflammation of your injured shoulder instantly. You can either fill a hot bag and place it on the affected area while lying down comfortably on the bed or take a hot shower while standing still. Repeat any of the procedure a couple of times until cured.
3) Epsom Salt
The presence of magnesium sulfate in Epsom salt makes it a magical remedy for any such kind of pain. Dissolve 2 cups of Epsom salt into a bathtub filled with lukewarm water and soak your whole body (mainly the affected area) for about 20-25 minutes. Your blood circulation will improve and the stressed muscles at the shoulder will relax and relieve the pain. Repeat at least thrice a week for better results.
Known for it’s in numerous benefits, the ultimate anti-inflammatory agent – Garlic; is apt for treating shoulder discomforts. Skin and mash 3-4 cloves of garlic and heat it in a quarter cup of mustard/coconut oil. Apply this mixture to the affected area of your shoulder and massage gently. Or, you can use the readymade garlic oil available in the market.
5) Chest Expansion
If you have an exercise band, rope or a strap, you can perform this remedy to get instant relief. Place the band/rope/strap behind your back and grasp its ends with both of your hands. Lift your chin up while drawing the shoulder blades towards each other. Breathe in and out deeply for 10-15 seconds and release. Repeat it 3-5 times for better results.
6) Neck Release
Since our neck and shoulder are closely associated with each other, sometimes, a stress in the neck can be the root cause of shoulder pain. You can ease the pain simply by performing the neck release exercise. To do that, sit on a chair with your back straight. Start lowering your chin towards your chest until you feel a stretch at the back of your neck. You can also try alternate shoulder stretch by leaning your head to the right to stretch the left shoulder and vice-versa. Hold each stretch for up to one minute. Breathe deeply to relax and repeat it 3-5 times.
7) Therapy Machines
Be it minor or major injury, the best and the final most way to treat shoulder pain instantly and effectively is the use of therapy tools. Specifically designed to treat such discomforts, a couple of electrotherapy or physiotherapy machines are out in the market that works well for curing pain, swelling or inflammation without any side effects.