stiff neck

Get Rid of a Stiff Neck Naturally

Getting a stiff and painful neck is definitely unpleasant and can make it difficult to do everyday tasks like driving, lifting, and even using your computer. The simple task of turning or tilting your head suddenly becomes excruciating and you have to modify all your movements to take into account the pain you feel in your neck. Treating it is simple and prevent is even simpler. Follow these simple remedies for best results.

 

How do I know if I have a stiff neck?

  • Stiffness
  • Sore muslces
  • Swelling
  • Pain

If you have any of the following symptoms with neck stiffness contact a doctor immediately:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty touching your chin to your chest
  • Chest pain
  • Left arm pain
  • Dizziness

 

How do I prevent a stiff neck?

  • Avoid slouching.
  • Don’t keep your head in a forward position
  • Always sit straight with both feet flat on the floor
  • Take short breaks often to stretch out your neck.
  • Adjust your computer screen so the top is at eye level.
  • Use a headset or speaker phone
  • Always use proper lifting techniques
  • Use a pillow that keeps your spine straight.
  • Don’t sleep on your stomach.
  • Practice relaxation techniques.
  • Do neck exercises daily
  • Maintain a healthy body weight

 

How can I treat a stiff neck?

  • Lie down and rest your neck muscles.
  • Ice your neck for 15 minutes then follow up with a few minutes of warmth.
  • Work on relaxing. Meditate, do yoga and work on getting your body to de-stress.
  • Get a massage to help relax your muscles.
  • Take an epsom salt bath and soak for 15-20 minutes.
  • Consider acupuncture or acupressure.
  • Drink a cup of chamomile tea to help your body relax.
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