Did you wake up this morning with a sore neck? Does it feel stiff and tight? Is it painful to look to your left and to your right?
Whether or not you’ve bene sleeping in an awkward position or may have done something strenuous last night, stiff necks are always an inconvenience.
Here are three tips to help you soothe the pain!
1) Massage and Stretch your neck:
You want to find the sore spot(s) and try your best to massage and relieve the muscle. IF you have a tennis ball laying around, you can push yourself up agains the wall with the ball and massage the sore muscle.
You can stretch your neck by bringing your ear to your shoulder or looking up at the ceiling. It is important to stop any of these stretches or massages if you begin to feel more pain or feel dizzy.
2) Utilize heat and cold:
You want to relieve the muscles by applying some heat in the forms of a hotpack or cold through ice/icepacks. The cold will help numb the pain and relieve any tension. The heat will help with promoting further blood circulation to the muscle.
3) Take medication:
IF the pain is unbearable and if it persists, it is recommended that you take some over the counter medicines to help relax and relieve the sore and tight muscles. This should be a last resort after you have tried the top two tips!
If the pain grows unusual and these three tips do not help, it is always good to consider seeing your family doctor in case there are any other complications.