This is a discussion on Natural Remedies for recurring stiff neck/muscle issues within the Health and Fitness forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by Rascal01 Using a well worn towel that has lost its fluff and softness, roll it into a ...
You should see a physiotherapist.
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I've been getting these throughout my live, but more often lately. Best remedy I've found once aggravated is to stretch the afflicted muscles, even though it's terribly painful to do. I've found this cuts the recovery time in half or better. Do it every 15 minutes for an hour or two, then once an hour for a few hours. By the end of the day it should be more relaxed. Try to work in some 10 minute walks if you can during this. Walking is tremendously beneficial in realigning and re-balancing muscles and joints in your core, and even your neck. The rhythmic motions get all the structural systems to work together and it tends to relax everything.
I've also found a lot of relief from flexeril if it's bad, too bad to move. It's a muscle relaxer that cause the pain-tension-pain reaction from perpetuating it. Once you get some relief from the flexeril, you can then walk and stretch it, the cramps and spasms will be eliminated or at least made more tolerable. I sometimes use heating pads, but I can't always get the heat deep enough or isolate the muscles that are causing the pain due to the logistics of pad placement.
Things that cause it are almost always prolonged poor posture during an activity or non-typical action, or atrophy from begin too inactive. I never get these when I'm active minus known/obvious injury.
May I ask in what position do you sleep most of the time?
If you are a 'freefaller' (see image), your neck is forced into an unnatural position, ant it can cause neck pain.
AC units blowing air in the direction of your shoulder/neck may also worsen the problem. I used to carry a checked lumberjack shirt to work (even in hot weather), and put it on if the AC was too much at the office or in public transport.
In case you swim, you might want to correct you breathing technique (especially freestyle).
And like others mentioned, massage and stretching exercises may help.
I can ask my physio guy for some exercises next time I see him. My suggestion would be do to these exercises/stretch every half hour or so when you are working
Last edited by Aridela; 08-16-2019 at 03:47 AM.
No A/C, no swimming.
I've gathered most possible cause for it was a combination of bad posture when sleeping and spending too many hours writing code, hunched over.
I actively try to keep straight whilst typing now, but the pain seems to have gone from the neck area entirely, and move to the arm. In any case, feels slightly better.
Thanks for the advice!
soop ; I've started with some light yoga today, already feel a bit better.
Pain is mostly in the upper/outer arm area now, so definitely a pinched nerve.