Neck pain is never a pleasant experience. Tense, sore muscles make it difficult to do even the simplest everyday tasks. A stiff neck can also make it harder to get a restful night’s sleep. There are a number of different reasons you may be experiencing this pain. Thankfully, there are also numerous ways to treat non-severe neck pain.
Here are a few common reasons you may have a stiff neck.
Causes of a stiff neck
- Injury: Any accident that causes your head and neck to jerk around forcibly could lead to stiffness due to injured muscles and ligaments in your neck. A fall, car collision, or getting hit while playing sports are possible instances where this type of injury would occur.
- Pinched nerve: A pinched nerve can be caused by accidents where you herniate a disk or by arthritis. In these cases, neck stiffness can radiate into your arms and your legs.
- Stress: Every one’s body handles stress differently. While some may feel back pain, grind their teeth, or get tension headaches, others may carry their stress in the upper back and neck. Stress can cause muscle to become tense. If you are feeling stiffness in your neck, consider your stress levels as a potential cause.
- Fibromyalgia: This common arthritis-related symptom causes joint and muscle pain, fatigue, and stiffness. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, try these tips to help cope.
- Muscle Spasm: Repetitive activity or any movements that puts your neck in an awkward position for a prolonged amount of time can cause neck muscles to spasm. For example, having your computer screen placed too high causing you to look up to do work could cause neck stiffness.
At- Home treatment for neck pain
- Ice and heat therapy: Within the first 48 -72 hours, use cold therapy tools, such as the PROTOCOLD Therapy Pads, to reduce inflammation. After this time period, soothing heat will keep inflammation down, improve blood circulation, and release tension in your neck muscles. Try our Far Infrared Heat Wrap to find relief.
- Ergonomics: Proper workstation setup is key to having a productive, pain-free day. Everything from your monitor placement, to where you put your mouse, to the height of your chair will affect comfort levels as well as how much strain is placed on your muscles and joints. Here are a few tips to setting up an ergonomic workstation.
- Exercise: Simple stretches can help relieve tension and reduce stiffness in your neck.
- Pillows: Use a supportive pillow that is fitted to your body type to avoid strain and discomfort throughout the night. The proper pillow aligns your head and spine for maximum comfort and pressure relief.
- Massage: Gentle massage helps to increase blood flow to neck muscles to release tension and provide comfort. Our Epulse Neck and Shoulder Massager’s body-hugging design provides targeted relief.
We recommend consulting a physician if your pain is extreme or you find your symptoms worsening. It is always important to speak with a doctor before starting any new routines or health regimens.