How To Treat a Stiff Neck To Get Fast, Long-Lasting Relief
The tips and techniques on this page for treating a stiff neck are based on my experience of working with thousands of people over the last 16 years.
There are many ways to find relief for this condition, but if you haven't correctly identified the cause, you could waste your time and money and see no improvement.
Further down this page you'll find a set of questions to help you work out what you need to do next.
But first, read the section below and try the simple exercise that can start to make a difference quickly for many who try it.
Keep It Simple!
I once saw a patient in my practice who had spent $4,000 over two years on treatments, painkillers and exercise therapists for their stiff neck without success.
This was because no one treated the cause - and that was how he moved and held his head!
Yet this is the most common cause I've seen in my all my years of practice.
Sounds too simple doesn't it.
Try This ...
But in his case, and many others, their stiff neck practically disappeared once they learnt this one simple lesson - it's not a trick and it won't cost you a penny. Have a go yourself and then come back here so we can continue.
I hope you found that quick exercise useful :0)
Let's move on. I've listed below, the most common causes along with the best solutions that should help you find relief for your neck.
Before you start on the checklist below, have a go at another one of my quick and simple technique for releasing muscle tension here, it takes only seconds to do.
If your doctor has not found a specific medical condition, and it's a regular problem, then it usually comes down to a single cause, and that's usually something you're doing to yourself to make it worse.
Try the questions below to help identify the cause.
Find The Cause And You Have The Solution
1. Is today the first time you've had this problem?
If 'NO' go to (2),
And you also have a headache and high temperature, you should see your doctor. If you have a rash - see them immediately to rule out meningitis - see symptoms here. OR
Do you spend more than 3 hours a day sitting at a PC? See how to improve your computer posture.
If you've answered 'NO' to any of the above, see the suggestions relating to sleeping in (1) or see self help for your neck.
3. Have you tried any of the following without success?
- Painkillers or muscle relaxants
- Manual treatment from a physical therapist, chiropractor or osteopath
- A new mattress or pillow
- An ergonomic workplace assessment
- A course of neck exercises
If you've already tried these with no success, and your doctor has not diagnosed a specific medical condition, your neck discomfort could be posture-related, see posture and neck pain
7. Short term use of painkillers and muscle relaxants >>>
Hi, I'm Roy Palmer and I have helped hundreds of people with whiplash or neck pain. I can often help them find relief where many other treatments have failed. I hope I can now do the same for you. I have listed below a number of options to find that much needed relief you are looking for, starting with finding the cause.
Remember - find the cause and you have the solution!
It is important that you seek a consultation with a qualified medical practitioner to rule out a serious medical condition before you consider other courses of action.
If you've found no specific reason for your neck problems have a look at the list of things you can try to get relief, or better still, get rid of your neck problem forever.
1. Get A Better Posture!
If the conventional approach of drugs or traditional neck exercises haven't helped - the cause could be something you're doing to yourself.
If no specific medical condition has been diagnosed, you could be carrying excessive tension in your neck and shoulders when you sit, stand, walk or during any of your daily activities.
Your conditon may be a result of your posture!
A poor posture puts a lot of unnecessary stress on your neck, shoulder and upper back muscles. If you're already out of shape and carrying tension in these muscles, exercises will invariably make it worse.
The video below for help on correcting your posture to relief neck aches and pains.
For more information, please see my pages on posture here.
2. Check Your Mattress And Pillow
Changing your pillow (or mattress) can be the quickest way to get relief for a stiff neck. An old pillow can lead to tension in your neck muscles if support is lacking. We spend a third of our life in bed so make sure you are comfortable and your neck is rested.
A mattress that doesn't provide the support in the right places can also lead to neck, shoulder and back pain.
The latest development in mattress technology to combat this problem is memory foam. Originally designed for astronauts by NASA, the hi-tech foam will mold itself to your unique body shape to give the best support exactly where its required.
When all parts of your body are supported, it's easier to release the tension you may have carried around with you for the whole day. And the good news - increased demand has brought the cost of memory foam within most peoples budgets.
For more information on this remarkable product plus help on choosing the right one for you, please click memory foam mattress. Sleep is vital for your well-being, further health problems may occur if you are not getting enough or it's interrupted by pain or discomfort.
Also consider using a
memory foam pillow
, it may initially feel a little strange but you will soon get used to it and your neck will thank you for it.
3. Massage/ Self Help
A good massage can help to relieve neck tension quickly. And although only temporary, it's still very welcome! A qualified massage therapist will be able to feel all the knots in your muscles and manipulate in a way to release them. If you don't have the time for regular visits to a therapist, you can learn a form of gentle self-massage from a number of good books - or ask your partner.
There are many lotions and creams available over the counter or online.
A popular cream is Tiger Balm, a natural alternative to painkillers.
4. Avoiding Stress
This is not easy in today's fast moving world. Stress will often cause the upper shoulder and neck muscles to tighten. This only has to be slight to start causing problems for the rest of your body. Your head weighs around 10 lbs and if pulled out of its natural position by your reaction to stress, your neck muscles have to work a little harder to keep you upright.
Stress can do a lot of damage to your mind and body! Learning self-help techniques to relieve stress can make a big difference. I have a number of relaxation techniques in my guide, please click here for more information.
Whilst it may be impossible to avoid stressful situations, it is possible to learn how to prevent a negative response that will lead to a neck tension - see stress and neck pain for more information.
My guide contains exercises and techniques to help you discover what you're doing wrong to cause your stiff neck, show you how to correct it quickly and permanently.
It contains advice on how to sit poised at your desk to prevent the all too common aches and pains, how to deal with stress, relaxation techniques and easy, effortless posture tips.
Plus when you download my guide I'll include 3 more ebooks to help with your posture, stress and fitness!
For more information about my guide and complete program package please click here.
7. Painkillers/ muscle relaxants
This option should only be viewed as a short-term approach just to give you some much needed relief. Painkillers will mask the problem but not solve it. Relaxants are only a temporary solution as they will not address the underlying cause.
New technology can now provide a drug-free approach to fast pain relief using micro-electric currents. For more information on these new products please click drug-free pain relief.
Many are put off using drugs for even short-term relief. Millions of people use muscle balms as a natural alternative to painkillers and relaxants see self-help for more information.