In general, stiff neck and neck pain are becoming a huge problem for people around the world. It is estimated that at least 40% of Australian adults experience some neck pain every year.
In many cases, stiff neck pain is caused by this neck pain, resulting from our modern lifestyles: looking at computer and phone screens in uncomfortable and unhealthy positions all day long. We will discuss simple remedies you can use to alleviate the pain of the neck in this article.
Before visiting a doctor for your neck pain, there are a few simple remedies for stiff neck you can try to employ at home.
Let’s start with some old-fashioned stretching. Because the stiff neck is caused by the slow degradation of your neck muscles, stretching your muscles regularly will keep them flexible and remember how to move. But it would help if you made a few lifestyle changes before you stretch. They include:
- Ensure that your monitor is at eye level and not below it when you are on the computer. Sit up nice and straight, and as you look at your screen, remember not to tilt your head down.
- Try to hold it up to your eyes when on the phone rather than bending your neck to see the screen. Every 15 or 30 minutes, take regular breaks and try not to use them for hours at a time.
- Make sure your back is straight when driving and that you take breaks every so often. Slowly stretch your neck from side-to-side whenever you stop.
Stretching exercises start from a single idea: reminding your neck of its range and mobility. This consists of simple exercises, for example:
- Bend left and right with your neck, letting your ear touch your shoulder from side to side. Repeat ten times
- Straighten your back, lift your head, and push together with your shoulder blades. Repeat ten times
- Push your head back into a pillow or a headrest, push your hands over your head, and push it back. Stay for up to 30 seconds in this position
- Raise your shoulders slowly, and then roll them back in a circular motion. Repeat ten times
It is also possible to cause a stiff neck by sleeping in an inappropriate position, mainly when you sleep on your stomach. Sleeping on your stomach leads to twisting one side of your neck and sleeping the whole night on it.
Your neck stays aligned in its natural position with your body by sleeping on your side or back. But you sacrifice your body’s natural support for your neck by sleeping on your stomach.
Relieve Your Neck Pain with Vitality Chiropractic
If you have tried various home remedies and still have neck pain problems, then it’s time to visit Vitality Chiropractic Center. Their chiropractors specialize in pain in the neck and back and have helped countless patients with their non-invasive physical therapy find relief and happiness.