Nobody likes having a stiff neck. Whether it’s long hours stuck in traffic, endless days at the office, or long nights of poor sleep, there are many everyday activities that harm your neck and make it tight. Ibuprofen can only get you so far and stiff neck remedies don’t seem to be easy to come by. Or are they? Read on to find out what you can do to relieve neck pain, naturally with one or more of these 21 simple “tricks”.
Common Causes Of A Stiff Neck
Weak neck muscles are one of the most common causes of a stiff neck. Dr. Andrew Bang, a chiropractor at the Cleveland Clinic, explains how it happens over time (1):
“Now they’re weak and you go to turn and instead of the joint nicely moving it’s now out of place. Then it catches on something and pulls a muscle or hits the nerve irregularly and then you’ll have instant pain and your body will, we call it ‘protective spasm.’ It doesn’t want you to get hurt more, so it will (crunching noise) and now you’re like ‘Oh, I can’t even move.’ And you’re wondering what you did,” Bang explained.
A stiff neck is typically characterized by soreness and difficulty moving the neck, especially when trying to turn the head to the side (2).
- Muscle Strain or sprain
- Sleeping with the neck in an awkward position.
- Sports injuries.
- Repeatedly turning the head from side to side
- Poor posture
- Excessive stress
- Holding the neck in an abnormal position for a long period
- Cervical Spine Disorders, including cervical herniated disc, cervical degenerative disc disease, and cervical osteoarthritis.
Neck pain normally subsides after a couple days to a week. It can be anything for mild, annoying pain to extreme pain. If your pain is manageable, and it’s not accompanied by other symptoms, it’s nothing to worry about. With the right stretches, care, and strengthening exercises, your neck pain will be a thing of the past!
21 Stiff Neck Remedies
Find out how to how to get rid of neck pain by reading the remedies below.