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Friday, 12 July 2019

Stiff Neck Causes, Symptoms and Natural Remedies


Have you sometimes woken up from sleep and discover a sudden stiffness around your neck in which you are not able to move it around freely? You sometimes feel the pain kind of radiating to the back of the neck and around the shoulders. This is what experts refer to as Stiff neck. A typical stiff neck is described as a sensation of soreness or discomfort in the neck when you attempt to move it or change the position of your head from side to side.

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Usually or most of the time a stiff neck arises due to factors that are not necessarily underlying disease(s). Thus causes of stiff neck can be from various issues as you can think of. Some of these include sprains, strains, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, sitting at a desk with poor ergonomics or devoid of some sort of movement.

A stiff neck may sometimes come with a headache, pain in the neck, shoulder pain and sometimes radiating to the arms. The pain can be so discomforting that you may need to turn the entire body of the stiff area just for you to look to your sides or over your shoulders.
A great number of people especially adults know something about the pain and trouble associated with a stiff neck, be it one that surfaced as you got out of bed in the morning or one that came up sometime in the day – having engaged in some vigorous activity, like carrying or moving things around. Experts agree that most of the time, pain and stiffness will disappear naturally in about a week. But a lot also depends on how you manage or care for your stiff neck symptoms; this is what is likely to affect the levels of pain you will experience, recovery time, and the probability of whether it will come back.

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Common reasons for having a Stiff Neck

According to studies the most common cause of a stiff neck is a muscle strain or soft tissue sprain. Most especially, the levator scapulae muscle is disposed to harm. It is situated behind and at the side of the neck and connects the neck’s cervical spine to the shoulder.

Experts such as chiropractor Andrew Bang, DC, of Cleveland Clinic’s Centre for Integrative Medicine have often described a typical stiff neck as the result of muscles weakening over time from bad posture or mistreatment.

Making use of your computer all day can cause the muscles about your neck joints to become weary and overstretched as you look down on the monitor. Long periods of driving and looking at your smart phone are capable of causing the same problem. Day after day you may begin to displace the neck joints, experts say.

Approved remedy for Stiff neck (Photo: Google images)

When your neck muscles become weak and you try to turn your head, the joint no longer moves smoothly because it’s now out of place,” Dr. Bang says. “Often the joint catches on something, either pulling a muscle or hitting the nerve irregularly, or maybe both. Then you’ll have instant pain and your body has a protective spasm. Your body doesn’t want you to get hurt more, so it will clench, causing you to feel like you can’t even move — and leaving you wondering what you did to injure yourself.”

The factors that may be responsible for the straining of the levator scapulae muscle can vary from one form to the other in the process of carrying out some of your regular daily undertakings, like the followings:
  • Lying asleep with the neck badly positioned
  • Falling or having your head pushed forcefully to one side, such as injury during sporting activities
  • Continuously moving the head from one side to the other during an activity
  •  Assuming a drooping position which is an awkward posture when at the computer or while looking downward at a mobile phone for a long period of time
  • Also, when you go through extreme stress or anxiety it can easily amount to strain or stress leading to neck injury or pain
  • Keeping your neck in an awkward position for a prolonged period of time, like holding down a phone between the neck and shoulder
Simple Remedies for Stiff neck

If the signs come up immediately after experiencing some of these positions it becomes easier to know what led to your stiff neck unlike when it starts just from no particularly known cause.

The followings are expert recommendations to take care of minor or simple causes of stiff neck:

Chiropractor approved stretch (Photo: Google images)

1  1.  First of all, it is imperative to remember the big role that heat application has in relaxing muscles. In between applying ice packs or anything frozen - to deaden the pain and bring down inflammation, you should apply heat to give the area fresh healing blood which will make your pain to dissolve very fast.

22. And finally, do bear it in mind that muscles like being warm and they detest being kept in one (stationary) position. So continue trying to move your neck; make sure you breathe in deeply occasionally, and make use of heat pads, warm compresses as well as the bath tub as much as you can for those essential oil baths!

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