Remedies to Help a Stiff Neck
A stiff neck presents as more than just a literal pain in the neck. Achy necks radiate deep into our days, making it difficult to turn, exercise, and conversate—and making the simplest of activities terribly difficult.
Culprits of stiff necks can be found in every part of our environments. If you work in an office, it might be your computer. Your desk could have disastrous ergonomics. If you have a smartphone like the rest of the planet, continually crooking your neck to scroll through Instagram could be impacting your real-life, non-screen conversations. And what about your sleeping arrangements? Is the time you spend resting hindering your waking hours?
Even as many of us are bogged down by neck pain, our fast-paced environments have programmed us to push through and sacrifice our comfort for whatever ticking deadline or “unavoidable” errand stands in front of us. As such, we trudge on through our days, ignoring the strain on our aching bodies and exacerbating the very thing that’s hurting us.
If we truly want to function at maximum potential, it’s important to take a step back and evaluate how things like neck stiffness can impact our day-to-day life. Let’s have a look at some easy ways to remediate your stiff neck or chronic neck pain.
While it seems counterintuitive to exercise when you’re not feeling your best, regular exercise when you’re well doesn’t just materialize the abs you’ve seen in the mirror of your dreams—it also helps to improve your posture and strengthen weaker muscles as well as areas more prone to injury.
While yoga has been hailed as a godsend for those recovering from injuries, Pilates is especially advantageous for strengthening neck and back muscles. A seasoned instructor and a good routine could help to rid you of your pesky neck problems.
Ice and Hot Compress
When our necks are sore, inflammation around injured areas keeps them sore. Icing a stiff neck can reduce the inflammation, and alternating with a hot compress will allow more blood flow and oxygen to stream back into starved areas.
Besides popping a few ibuprofen and naproxen (Aleve) if you’re really in a pinch and hurting, a daily concoction of anti-inflammatory goodies can help ease your pain and can even stop sore necks before they start (plus, they’re great for a myriad of other health benefits). Turmeric, apple cider vinegar, and ginger are all anti-inflammatory ingredients to pay close attention to.
Suggestion: Every morning, instead of a dehydrating cup of coffee, mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, ¼ tsp of turmeric, and a pinch of pepper into a glass of water, and drink up! The apple cider vinegar activates the anti-inflammatory agencies of turmeric, and black pepper helps to speed up the process. When combined, you have a powerhouse trifecta of neck-relieving properties.
Warm Epsom salt baths are a double whammy for stiff necks. Warm water relaxes your muscles, and an army of magnesium sulfate in quality Epsom salt shifts your biological gears to bolster blood flow, reduce inflammation, and increase overall oxygenation—which is all essential for combatting tense muscles.
Suggestion: Add 2-3 generous cups of *only* Epsom salt to a full tub. Proceed in soaking away stiffness.
Adjust Your Sleeping Environment
One of the biggest causes of chronic morning neck pain emanates from how you’re sleeping and what you’re sleeping on. It’s never recommended to sleep on your stomach, as it contorts your neck into all sorts of uncomfortable positions that can strain you for days and weeks to come, and may even lead to long-lasting injuries. Sleeping on your stomach on soft mattresses can also cause painful combinations of lower back pain because as you sleep, you sink into the bed and your spine bends into a slight “U” shape.
What you’re sleeping on may be your golden ticket out of neck pain agony. Those with back and neck stiffness should equip themselves with a medium-firm mattress, and mattresses should be replaced every eight years at a minimum. Gel memory foam mattresses that are comfortable, yet supportive, have shown to reduce back and neck pain. Combine a good mattress with a proper pillow that supports the natural curve of your neck.
See a Doctor
If your neck pain is continually interfering with your daily life, it’s time to see a doctor.
How Can Trinity Sleep Help My Neck?
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