WHAT CAUSES A STIFF NECK?
Stiffness causing neck pain?
If your neck feels uncomfortable, tight or tense, you may be experiencing neck stiffness. It may be difficult to move your head it from side to side or up and down. Often times, neck stiffness is caused by strain on the soft tissues of your neck, but it can be a symptom of a serious condition and shouldn’t be ignored.
What causes a stiff neck?
Many daily activities can cause neck stiffness, strain or sprain, such as:
- Sleeping in a position that strains the neck muscles. Many pillows push your neck out of natural alignment and cause neck stiffness.
- Sports injuries or any activity that involves repeatedly turning the head from side to side.
- Forward Head Posture: poor posture while sitting at a desk or texting can strain the neck.
- Excessive stress can lead to tension in the neck and shoulders.
- Abnormal neck position for a long period, such as cradling a phone between the neck and shoulder.
Stiff neck pain can be caused by a serious condition and if it is severe and persistent, you should consult your doctor to recommend neck stiffness treatment options.
Stiff Neck At-Home Remedies:
In addition to what your primary doctor recommends, try these home remedies:
- Pillow: Sleep on a firm mattress with a specially designed cervical pillow for neck stiffness pain relief. PILLO1 cervical pillow one of the best cervical pillows on the market. PILLO1 cervical pillow is a non-toxic hypoallergenic pillow made of natural latex foam.
- Stretches: Slowly stretch your neck moving your head up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear.
- Massage: Gentle neck massage may be helpful.
- Ice and heat: Use ice to relieve inflammation for the first 48 to 72 hours after stiff neck symptoms begin, then switch to heat wrap or heating pad.
These home remedies for neck stiffness are NOT a replacement for seeking medical care. Consult your doctor to rule out serious conditions and learn about treatment options.
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