When many people develop a stiff neck, they do not an idea of what caused the problem and what they can do to heal the problem. Stiff neck causes discomfort due to the pain that comes with it.

It results due to injury, spending long hours in front (working) of your computer, improper posture while sleeping and stress among other factors.

Stiff neck will cause severe, throbbing pain while in some other times it is a constant dull pain. Whatever the pain, what you will require is a quick relief.

With a stiff neck, you will experience a lot of pain when you try to make any movements. Though it is a widespread problem, it is mostly reported among people between the ages of 20 to 40. When you do not look into this problem, it will spread to your lower back in a short time.

4 Easy Stiff Neck Pain Remedies

There are various treatments. It would be wise if you started with relieving the pain so that you can be able to continue with your daily activities. Here are the treatments;

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Neck positioning during sleeping with a pillow

1. Firm Mattress and Pillow

Your stiff neck might be because of bad sleeping positions or using the wrong kind of pillow or mattress. It is important that you use a firm mattress when sleeping and always ensure your head is aligned with your spine. Positions like sleeping on your stomach may not be very good for you alternatively do not use pillows that are very thick. They will aggravate the pains.

A firm mattress will hold your body in good position as it will not develop compressed sections where your heavier body parts lie. A mattress that is not firm will develop compressed sections which will lead to high and low points in your bed. This will cause the stiff neck.

A good pillow support will lower the stress placed on your neck and the upper back as a whole. Continued pressure on the neck will have severe consequences as the stiffness will extend further. It will lead to complete destruction of the particular nerve.

The support from a pillow, which is not very thick, will reduce the stress caused on your nerve or muscle, it will help your ailing neck to relax hence with time no pressure will be exerted and your nerve will be functioning normally.

2. Hot and Cold Treatment

That stiff neck that you are having can be treated by applying a cold material such as ice and later a hot material.

When you apply ice on your neck, it will reduce inflammation and swelling. When you apply ice on that region leave it for a period of about 15 minutes of so. In case you are experiencing very painful moments, it will be advisable that you repeatedly apply the ice a number of times in a day. A cold pack will reduce the pain you are experiencing for the time being as the healing process continues.

When applying the ice your neck never apply it directly but instead smear ice on the towel and tie the towel on your neck for the fifteen minutes.

A stiff neck could have occurred accompanied by inflammation. A cold pack will solve the inflammation hence reduce the pain and restore the functionality of your nerve but will not relief any trapped muscles. For this reason it would be advisable that you use also a hot pack.

A hot compress is equally important. Generally, heat is a natural muscle relaxant while cold is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain killer. You will therefore need to heat yourself. Some sources of heat that can do for you are; warm moist towel, hot water bottles and microwave bean bags.

These hot wraps will relax the muscles around and in your neck. This will remove stress on the particular nerve and pain will disappear with time. However this, hot wraps, is a continuous process not a one-time thing. However, heat packs may aggravate the problem, it would be better for you to avoid them at least for the first few days of your stiff neck.

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Try having a good neck and back massage that will relieve the neck tension

3. Neck massage

Neck massage will release the tension on your muscles and make them flexible. A neck massage should be done by another person and with a lot of care.

I would rather you do not do it yourself but ask your friend to perform it. Alternatively, you can have it performed by a qualified therapist.

This is because if not done properly, a massage therapy can aggregate the pain further.

When your neck becomes stiff, muscles present will be exposed to tension. A massage therapy will therefore be good to release this tension.

However experts recommend a hot oil massage, preferably using olive oil. Olive oil massage is most effective due to the heat of the warm oil combined with the healing properties of associated with olive oil.

A neck massage works the same way as when your car is being straightened from the deformations and dents from an accident. After an accident its body is deformed and it cannot sometimes move as some parts are completely deformed. It therefore requires straightening of the parts to ensure no single part is exerting pressure on the other parts.

4. Physical Neck Exercises

After you have engaged in various treatments and your stiff neck is now better and you can even make simple and light movements, then begin exercises.

These are movements which will enhance mobility of your neck and the vertebral discs in it. This will restore your neck to normal. They will also ensure that your cervical discs in the correct position.

Neck exercises help to stabilize neuromuscular parts.  Exercises will reduce muscle stress. They include processes like neck retraction and side bends. The principal aim is to release the stress that is directed to your muscles and nerves that has led to the stiffness.

You will need to start off with simple exercises and as you heal from your stiff neck perform high impact exercises.

Neck exercises will also include moving your head fast in less painful sides. Though you are experiencing that sharp pain as you try to move your neck it is necessary that you note the pain free directions. These will make you move your neck freely now and then.

The importance of this is it will allow the other normal joints and discs in your neck to remain healthy. By moving your head the cause of the pinched nerve is weakened; you release the pressure and will definitely fully release it.

After healing continue with the exercises, this will keep you strong and always at the top of your fitness. This will also avoid any situations of neck stiffness in the future.

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