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If you have ever woken up with a stiff neck or found that you have one after sitting at your desk you’ll know how uncomfortable they are. Approximately 17% of women and 12% of men have a stiff neck every year.
Unfortunately, more and more people are complaining about this issue each year. This is all thanks to the increased use of cell phones and tablets, laptops, and a range of other devices. When you look down at a screen you strain your muscles and the soft tissues that are located in your neck.
Different Causes of a Stiff Neck
There is a range of causes of a stiff neck, these can include:
- A clenched jaw
- Poor posture
- A spinal or neck injury
- Repetitive neck motion
Below you will find a few methods that could help you to deal with a stiff neck:
Take some over-the-counter painkillers
You could get some pain relief from over-the-counter medication. Some medication could also help to relieve any swelling. Please make sure you always take the medication as instructed on the packaging. If your neck is still a little stiff after a few days please speak to your doctor.
See a chiropractor
A chiropractor at natural health, for example, could relieve the stiffness and swelling in your neck. They can also help you to prevent future issues by showing you how to sit, sleep and stand correctly.
Stretch your neck
You will need to stretch carefully. If you stretch your neck too quickly you could cause more pain and inflammation. Start by rolling your shoulders back and forward. Turn your head from one side to the other, slowly. Repeat these actions a few times and you should find that your neck has become less stiff.
Try some acupuncture
While there is not a lot of scientific research into acupuncture, this method has been used for thousands of years. It is still unclear exactly how this procedure works, but we know that it does, and is worth exploring.
Reduce your stress
If you become stressed you could find that your neck becomes quite stiff and painful. Do what you can to reduce your stress levels. Deal with any issues at home and at work that could be causing you to feel stressed. If you are very stressed it might be worth asking your doctor for help and advice.
Get plenty of exercise
Exercise can help to strengthen your muscles and prevent future issues with your neck and other parts of your body. Exercise can also help you to relieve stress, which again, can help you to prevent a stiff neck in the future.
Having a stiff neck can potentially ruin your day. Use the above tips to help you reduce the stiffness. If you are concerned about your neck at any time, please speak to a doctor.