Neck pain can have a lot of different causes. It can occur at any point of your life. Stiffness in the neck is often described as difficulty in moving the neck and soreness. It can also come along with headache, shoulder and neck pain. One of the major causes of neck stiffness can be muscle strain. Neck stiffness and pain can also be a sign of cervical spondylosis. There are various home remedies for the treatment of stiff neck. Some of the other causes of stiff neck are as follows:
- Sports injury
- Poor Posture
- Whiplash Injury
- Muscle tension due to stress
- Sleeping in an awkward position
- Arthritis or Cervical Spondylosis
- Strain due to looking down on laptop/mobile screen
Home Remedies for Stiff Neck:
How to get rid of stiff neck? Mostly neck pain occurs due to strains and neck injury. Neck stiffness can be caused due to muscle overuse as well. Stiffness makes it difficult to move your head. Below are some remedies for stiff neck treatment at home:
Getting a massage from a professional masseuse helps loosen your neck and back muscles.
- Reduce stress:
Mental stress can result in tensed muscles. There are various ways to reduce stress, for instance:
- Listening to soothing/favorite music
- Apply Heat/Ice:
Applying ice/heat for about 10 minutes help release some muscle tension. It also helps reducing inflammation. You can apply anything between heat or ice. It also helps numbing the pain.
- Exercise regularly:
Exercises for stiff neck can help strengthen your muscles. They also help you to improve your posture and prevent injuries. Exercises for stiff neck also help relieve stress.
Preventing Stiff Neck:
Avoiding bad habits and making some lifestyle changes can help prevent stiff neck. Here are some of the ways for preventing stiff neck:
- Limit your driving duration:
Don’t drive for long hours, take breaks and keep a proper posture.
- Switch your sleeping positions:
Sleeping position has a huge impact on your spine. Sleeping in a same position puts excessive pressure on the muscles and spine resulting in pain. Use a comfortable pillow for your neck so that it doesn’t strain.
- Limit the time you spend on mobile phone:
Constantly looking down on your laptop and mobile phone can put stress on your cervical spine (neck region). Hence, resulting in neck pain. Following are some tips that can help reduce your neck strain:
- Use headphones.
- Keep laptop/phone at your eye level.
- Take short breaks, relaxing your muscles.
- Don’t listen to a call while holding the phone between your shoulder and ear.
- Exercises and stretches:
Stretches and neck-related exercises also help improve your posture. They help relieve stress and strengthen your muscles. Some of the stretches include:
- Gently turn your head from side to side (neck rotation)
- Slowly bend your head from side to side (lateral neck movement)
- Gently bend your neck forward down towards the chest.
- Keeping a proper posture:
Maintaining a proper posture puts less pressure on your spine and the muscles supporting your spine. Keep your spine and shoulders straight, and ear in alignment with the shoulders.
When to seek medical attention?
Severe neck pain can interfere with your daily routine activities. Seek medical attention in case of:
- Neck pain due to an accident or injury
- Weakness in shoulders, arms and legs
- Pain radiating down the shoulders in the arms and legs
Some symptoms of neck stiff and pain could be a sign of a serious condition like whiplash injury, slipped disc, arthritis and disc bulge. Consult a specialist for the treatment of stiff neck.
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In case of an increase in pain, book an appointment with KKT Orthopedic Spine Center. KKT employs top orthopedic doctors, surgeons and consultants in Lahore, Karachi and all its centers across Pakistan. KKT also provides neck and shoulder pain treatment.
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