Heat therapy provides symptomatic relief by increasing circulation and decreasing pain.
A cold pack is used to provide relief for sore muscles.
The passage of sound waves causes tissues to oscillate at a frequency that increases blood flow. It is used to decrease inflammation that is caused due to the herniated disc.
Transcutaneous electrical stimulations (TENS):
Transcutaneous electrical stimulations help decrease pain and swelling.
This therapy helps to increase blood circulation, stimulates the spinal nerve, reduces pain and inflammation.
Collar or neck brace:
A soft neck brace or collar is temporarily used for relief. Though, wearing a neck brace or collar for a long time can make the muscles weaker.
Massage therapy uses appropriate pressure, to reduce cervical pain. Massage is also effective in increasing blood flow, reducing swelling, promoting tissue growth, and providing relief from muscle spasms.
Manual therapy can be used for reducing pain, thus improving function by increasing the range of motion.
Thrust manipulation technique is given in a prone supine or sitting position, then cervical traction is applied to enlarge the neural foramen and reduce neck stress.
Non-thrust manipulation techniques include posterior-anterior (PA) glide, given in prone positions. The cervical spine techniques include retraction, rotation, glides in ULTT1 (Upper Limb Tension Test 1) position and PA glides.
Soft tissue mobilization:
Soft tissue mobilization is performed on the muscles to decrease pain and increase mobility.
Range of motion exercises:
Range of motion can be increased by doing simple exercises, like neck flexion, extension, side flexion, and rotation movements.
Neck stretching exercises:
Neck stretching exercises are done to decrease neck stiffness and pain. And also increase the flexibility of the neck.
Strengthening exercises are recommended to regain the lost strength of the neck muscles. These exercises include isometric exercises, isotonic exercises, and many more.