When you wake up with a stiff neck you’ll probably blame your pillow or the fact that you slept badly. While this may be true, and reaching for the ibuprofen is acceptable, there may be another cause.
Knowing the cause can help to prevent you from getting a stiff neck every night. But, if you already have one, you need to know what to do.
Fortunately, there are several simple remedies that you can try:
The stiffness in your neck may be the result of muscles tightening in your neck, shoulders, or even your arms. Complete relaxation can help to relax the muscles but, there is a good chance you’ll repeat the movement that caused the stiffness. This is especially true if you don’t know what the movement was.
That’s why you should consider using physiotherapy in Mascot, or wherever you live. They won’t just help to relax your muscles, they work on them to find the root cause of the issue and help you to resolve it.
With a little patience neck, pan won’t be something that you manage, it will be something that you remember as having once.
It’s important to be aware that sitting for long periods at a computer or driving for extended periods of time, can cause you to tilt your head downwards, which results in stretched and sore muscles.
Over time you can displace your muscles, causing weakness. To prevent further injury your body will tense your muscles, protecting them. In the process, you’ll feel unable to move!
Physio can help rectify the issue, as can moving more and thinking about your posture. You’ll be surprised at how much effect this can have.
When you have to sit with your head tilted for long periods of time it’s a good idea to pause periodically and stretch.:
• Roll your shoulders backward and then down, slowly bringing the back up before repeating to complete 10 movements.
• Push your head backward as far as you comfortably can and hold it there for 30 seconds.
• Squeeze your shoulder blades together for 1àn seconds and then repeat for a total of 10 times.
• Bring your shoulder up to your ear on the same side, repeat this 10 times and then switch sides.
These simple stretches will make a difference to your stiff neck.
You’ll want to sleep on your side or your back, avoid sleeping on your back if you have a bad neck. The reason is simple, if you sleep on your stomach you’ll have to turn your head to one side or the other in order to breathe.
This will create a kink n your neck which will stretch the muscles and make you feel stiff in the morning.
Sleeping on your stomach can also cause lower back pain as your back won’t be supported properly.
It’s also a good idea to massage your stiff neck. Your partner, friend, or a professional can apply gentle pressure to the area, allowing it to relax and start to recover.
Of course, you’ll need to identify the issue and change your habits to resolve the issue long term.