Engaging in regular physical activity, such as walking, swimming, or cycling, can help to reduce pain, improve flexibility and increase strength. Even small amounts of movement can make a difference in managing pain symptoms.
Improving posture can help alleviate pressure on nerves in the neck and reduce pain associated with cervical radiculopathy. Using ergonomic chairs or pillows can help improve posture while sitting.
Heat and Cold Therapy
Applying heat or cold to the affected area can help to reduce pain and inflammation. A hot shower, warm compress, or ice pack can all be effective.
Stress can exacerbate cervical radiculopathy symptoms, so learning stress management techniques such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation can be an effective way to manage pain.
Establishing a regular sleep routine can improve sleep quality and help to reduce pain. This involves turning off electronic devices before bed, creating a relaxing sleep environment, and avoiding caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before bedtime.
Some people with cervical radiculopathy may benefit from dietary changes that reduce inflammation, such as avoiding processed foods and sugar, and increasing intake of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats.
Building a support network of family, friends, and healthcare professionals can help to provide emotional support and practical assistance in managing pain. Joining support groups and seeking out mental health professionals can also be helpful in managing pain-related stress and improving overall quality of life.