How To Relieve a Stiff Neck

What are some tips on relieving a stiff neck?

  1. Do simple stretches
  2. Sleep in a comfortable position
  3. Consume more fish
  4. Work more ergonomically
  Have you ever woken up one morning and found this lingering pain on one side of your neck? Then you’re not alone in what many people may call a “stiff neck”. Though you may even become dismissive of this and wait it out until it goes away, the same may not necessarily be true for everyone. A stiff neck can impede you from doing daily activities. Because of this, you may want to consider doing these effective tips on relieving a stiff neck. Continue reading to learn more.  

Do Simple Stretches

A woman doing simple yoga neck stretches One of the most effective ways to help you relieve your stiff neck is by doing simple stretching activities. You may not want to move your neck during this experience because you may feel that doing so will make it worse, but the key is to make gradual movements. Simple neck stretches help improve mobility in this part of your body. You should make it a point to do constant stretching as this also aids in easing the pain that you may feel in your joints. The best piece of advice is for you to do these stretching activities as regularly as you can to help prevent the pain from further flaring up.  

Sleep in a Comfortable Position

A man peacefully sleeping Sometimes, the only key to avoiding instances of a stiff neck is for you to change your sleeping position into something more comfortable. Awkward sleeping positions like lying down on your stomach can force you to situate your neck in non-ergonomic positions. It’s not uncommon for you to have a stiff neck in the morning when you constantly sleep in this position. The most comfortable position is ideally on your back or on your side. It’s advisable that you have a longer neck pillow that can match the arching of your neck. This not only eases any inflammation in your neck, but also helps in maintaining the proper alignment of your spine.  

Consume More Fish

A woman eating salmon Sometimes, the key to relieving a stiff neck lies in simple dietary changes. If you’re not in the habit of eating fish, then you may want to change that. Fish, especially those rich in omega-3, contain anti-inflammatory properties that can assist in relieving painful sensations. Fatty fish like salmon and sardines are an excellent source of these fatty acids. Aside from easing neck pain, these are also helpful in lowering your blood pressure as well as reducing the possibility of future heart problems. You may also turn towards fish oil supplements if you don’t enjoy the taste of fish.  

Work More Ergonomically

A young businessman with neck pain As you spend the majority of your time working at home, you’re also spending long hours just sitting down. You may not be aware of it, but your sitting position can also cause some significant strain on not only your neck but also your shoulders and your spine. Your trusted chiropractor would be able to advise you on the most ergonomic sitting position. Heed their advice so you eventually won’t feel any more soreness and tension in your neck and back area. You should also see to it that you’re taking breaks as you’re working to reduce the strain on yourself.  

Key Takeaway

Relieving a stiff neck doesn’t necessarily require the most complicated remedies. The key is oftentimes found in simple dietary changes, sleeping more comfortably, and doing exercises that are good for your neck and spine. These home remedies can hopefully put you on the right path to avoiding further incidences of a stiff neck that can be debilitating.

Written By: Dr. Benedicto Luz Adorable III

Dr. Ben is the CEO and Founder of Philippine Chiropractic Healthcare Specialist. He has a Doctorate Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic.

To read more about Dr. Ben, click here.

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