Long hours in front of your computer, sitting at a desk job, or heck, even sleeping funny… They lead to stiff and aching neck. All you want is to make it stop – instantly.
It happened to me the other day after spending unusually long hours sitting in front of my desk working on a report. As I was ready to scream and contemplated on signing up for a massage, immediately a video popped up on my newsfeed. The universe always provides when you are in need. I tried the unusual technique that I will share with you in a moment. It worked. My stiff neck was gone within seconds!
What Causes Stiff Neck?
As Dr. Andrew Bang explains, stiff neck is often caused by weakened neck muscles. Poor posture, improper sleeping positions, sitting for long hours, staring at your computer screen or phone for a long time and driving can all affect your neck in a negative way.
If you have weakened neck muscles, it will be difficult and painful to turn your head because your joints can’t move smoothly anymore. They will either be hitting a nerve or pulling a muscle, leading to pain.
But how do you get relief quickly? Here is the magic trick I’ve tried.
Tilt your head sideways until your ear touches your shoulder. Switch sides. Do this 10 times.
Squeeze your shoulder blades together. Then release. Repeat 10 times.
Do these amazing yoga neck stretches:
What Can You Do To Prevent Neck Pain?
If you are sitting long hours at your desk, get up regularly and move around. Do regular neck stretches and roll your shoulders around every 15 minutes.
Start your day with a 5-10 minute easy stretch and end the day the same. You can use the video above or just simply listen to your body.
Exercise regularly. Strengthen your muscles. Yoga and pilates are especially great for strengthening your muscles and also releasing tension.
Get some body work done. Get regular massages. Try rolfing. Visit your chiropractor. Try acupuncture.
Eat a healthy, whole foods, anti-inflammatory diet high in vegetables and fruits. Inflammation often leads to pain and a healthy diet reduces inflammation in your body.
Try anti-inflammatory herbs and spices. Turmeric, cinnamon and ginger are amazing options.
Drink enough water. Dehydration can also lead to muscle tension. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day (8-ounce glasses).
Use essential oils. Lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint are excellent options.
Practice good posture. Consider using a standing desk as it can help greatly with your posture while working at your computer.
Reduce stress in your life. Stress usually leads to muscle tension, including stiff neck. Try meditation, journaling, relaxation, yoga, a nice nature walk, or curling up with a good book. Don’t forget to sleep at least 8 hours every night.
Using these techniques, you should experience less neck pain, muscle pain and faster recovery.
Do you experience neck pain and muscle tension often? What techniques helped you the most? Share in the comments below. We would love to learn from you.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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