If you are dealing with a sore and stiff neck, you may have to loosen-up a bit your daily activities, release stress and get some more rest. I bet that every sore and stiff neck complainer works from 9-5 in front of the computer, having a poor posture. Also, anxiety is another factor leading to a stiff and sore neck.
Heat will help tighten and relaxing your muscles, and it’s better if you use moist heat than dry heat, because it will penetrate into the neck more effectively. Apply a moist hot towel over your neck and let it act for 20 minutes, 3 times a day.
Now, replace it with a cold compress, such as an ice pack or a damp towel refrigerated for 30 minutes. Hold the towel over your neck for 15 minutes, and then replace it with the warm towel.
Repeat this procedure 3 times.
Stretches for neck stiffness
You can get instant relief from neck pain if you perform a simple set of stretches:
- Nod your head forward and backward for some time and then gradually start nodding from one side to the other.
- Once your muscles feel less tense, slowly turn your head completely towards the left, and then completely towards your right. This might hurt a bit, so take it slow.
- Repeat this exercise for at least 20 repetitions.
- Do this exercise every few hours and you’ll find the stiffness in your neck vanish.
Because stress is the main cause of a sore and stiff neck, you should practice yoga to relax and meditate. This way you will release muscle tension and stress, and you will also improve your posture.
Apple cider vinegar
The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of ACV will relieve stress in the neck muscles, reducing the pain considerably. Just soak a paper towel in ACV and apply it on your neck. Leave it to act for 1 hour, and then you can replace it with another one. Anyhow, this remedy should be done twice a day if you want to notice some improvements.
Neck pain massage
Massage can heal any pain in the body. You can ask your partner to massage and rub the painful area to stimulate blood flow. A massage will improve your sleep, too.
After taking a warm bath, just pour lavender essential oil in your hand and gently massage your neck. Lavender has calming and relaxing properties.
Epsom salt contains magnesium which helps to regulate enzymes in the body. You can add to your bath 2-3 cups of Epsom salt, soak your body for 30 minutes, and then take the lavender oil massage I was telling you about.
If you choose sleeping on a foam memory pillow, you will get rid of a stiff neck and your neck can fully relax during sleep. But this depends on your sleeping position, so pick the right pillow for you.