A stiff neck is a problem for a couple of reasons. First, it hurts. Nobody wants to go through their day in pain. Second, it makes it difficult to do anything. You’ll have trouble completing daily tasks when you can’t move your head or shoulders because of a stiff neck.
Our team at Armor Physical Therapy doesn’t want you to suffer from stiff neck struggles. We offer treatments to help restore the strength and mobility of neck muscles and tissues. However, if your neck pain feels minor, you may feel better after trying the following stiff neck remedies at home.
Massaging can help reduce the tension in your muscles that may be making your neck stiff. There are massages you can do on yourself. However, we recommend asking a partner to massage your neck or visiting a professional for help.
Having someone else massage your neck allows you to relax. Plus, a partner can reach spots that are otherwise too difficult to reach.
2. Ice and heat
Apply some ice or a cold pack to your neck. The cold can help reduce the inflammation that may be causing stiffness and pain. Do this a few times a day for a couple of days to help keep the inflammation at bay.
After a few days of icing, you can switch to heating. Heat helps soothe the sore muscles and reduce pain. It’s important that you wait for a couple of days before heating because heating right away can actually make the inflammation worse.
A stiff neck is often the result of strained muscles. You can help reduce and prevent this muscle strain by doing some simple neck stretches once or twice a day.
Try slowly rolling your head around in a clockwise direction 10 times and switch directions for 10 more rolls. This and other stretches and exercises can strengthen the muscles to help reduce pain.
Contact Armor Physical Therapy for stiff neck treatment
Neck pain that is severe or persists for a long time probably cannot be treated by what’s listed above. This kind of neck pain requires the professional assistance of a physical therapist.
Our physical therapists at Armor Physical Therapy are skilled in treating all kinds of neck pain, including whiplash, slipped discs and strains. Would you like to learn more about what our team can do to treat your stiff neck? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.