Unlike most chronic pain, neck pain can occur sporadically, coming and going at times for no apparent reason. Being able to identify when the neck pain is only minor and when it is a major neck pain is important in deciding when to seek treatment.

Common characteristics of minor neck pain are slight shoulder pain associated with the neck pain, a throbbing ache that is reduce by massage or a cold pack, or pain that does not become worse and begins to fade after 24-48 hours.  If any of these symptoms describe your neck pain it is most likely that you are experiencing minor neck pain and should try treating it with massage or possibly an ice pack.  If you do not experience any relief almost immediately or if the pain becomes worse, then the neck pain should be considered major neck pain and you should seek professional treatment. Minor neck pain does not get worse before it gets better like the common cold, only major neck pain will become steadily more painful.

After you have successfully treated you minor neck pain, it is a good idea to try and determine what triggered the discomfort.  One of the most common causes of minor neck pain is a worn out or inappropriate bed pillow.  The best pillow choice you can make to treat and avoid neck pain is the Mediflow waterbase pillow.  The Mediflow pillow is the only pillow which has been clinically shown, in 3 major studies no less, to relieve neck pain and improve quality of sleep. You can find the pillow along with all of the clinical study information at www.mediflow.com. Also you will find links to major retailers that sell the pillow.  Pay close attention to what their customers who bought the pillow have to say.  You'll be glad you did.