Ever wake up with a stiff neck?
This is a most uncomfortable predicament to find yourself in and it can really put a “kink” in your day. It’s hard to get anything done when you’re feeling like your neck is stuck off to one side. If you don’t do something about it you’re likely to be in more pain by the end of the day.
Well you don’t need to suffer. We present some sure fire ways to get rid of a stiff neck, plus provide you with tips to help prevent this condition from ever happening again.
What causes a stiff neck in the first place?
Causes of a stiff neck:
This condition is simpler to create than you might think, and far too common.
Poor posture seems to be the number one cause. You may have been trying to nap on a long bus or plane trip. Maybe you had a crazy dream and crumpled your pillow up awkwardly under your head. All you know is that when you waken to find your neck is stiff and in some serious discomfort.
Poor posture can also happen at work or play. Whether you are sitting at a computer, watching television, playing on your game console or reading, maintaining a poor posture position for an extended period can cause your muscles to cramp and freeze.
The result of course; a stiff neck!
There is another cause that many people don’t consider; stress can cause muscle tension. The resulting muscle tension can cause headaches and, a stiff neck.
Listed below are other possible causes.
- Meningitis (a medical condition often accompanied by fever and headache. This is a medical emergency)
- Bone damage, perhaps a slipped disc or spur
These are circumstances where medical intervention and advice should be sought.
So how do you get rid of a stiff neck?
If the cause of your stiff neck is simply due to a muscle pull or strain there are many simply and effective ways to relieve the pain and restore full mobility.
- Heat – should be applied for no more than 20 minutes at a time
- Cold pack – limit the duration to 15 or 20 minutes, as above
So which is better? That is totally up to you. You may find one more effective that the other. You may also find benefit from doing both. Try starting with the cold pack first.
- Gentle stretches
- Heat/ice creams
- Heating pad, heat wraps, hot shower
- Medications with an anti-inflammatory effect such as ASA, Motrin
Preventing a recurrence of a stiff neck:
Now that you have successfully relieved the symptoms of your stiff neck and can again look at the world from a more upright position, you should concentrate on ways to prevent it from happening again.
- Use an ergonomically correct pillow
- Regular stretching exercises
- Proper posture at work, and play
- Reduce the stress in your life