Don’t Put Up With Pain
“If your neck, shoulders, and back are aching at the end of the day, place an ice pack on the sore spots for about 10 minutes,” says Vaughn. The cold will slow the nerve impulses in the area and thwart the spasm-and-pain cycle. You’re better off sticking with ice rather than using a heating pad. “Heat might feel better at first, but it will add to the inflammation,” says Vaughn. A dose of ibuprofen can also help reduce inflammation that’s causing a stiff or sore neck or back. If problems persist or get worse, consult a doctor or a physical therapist.