Natural Remedies for recurring stiff neck/muscle issues

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    Natural Remedies for recurring stiff neck/muscle issues

    OK, so aside from basting myself in Tiger Balm, and changing my pillow, is there anything else that works?



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    -When is the stiff neck/muscle issues arising ? (Because of the pillow mention, I guess after awakening, but checking it in case of)
    -Since when does it incapacitate you ?
    -To which extent does it incapacitate you ?

    Depending on your reply, the advice could range from changing the whole bed/ the chair, taking baths, taking some herbal teas, doing physiotherapy exercices, a sport (swimming).

    For the meantime, taking warm baths, drinking harpagophytum teas (or in whichever form you prefer) and using something warm in the local areas (warm towel for example). About the tiger balm, red or white ? The red seems more adapted in your case (muscle issues).

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    Upon waking up.

    Changed the mattress and the pillow already.

    Was better for a while, then I was working on my computer for long stretches of time (academic writing/programming) and it started reoccurring.

    I do exercise, mostly yoga, so it's definitely not due to lack of exercise.

    I'm using the red tiger balm, thanks for your suggestions; I'll check out harpagophytum teas.

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    I used to have very severe muscle stiffness due to sedentary life and too much computer use. It was even radiating down my arm. I had to do physiotherapies to get rid of tense spots hard as rocks, and since then I manage them with exercise and stretching, as well as being mindful of my posture throughout the day.

    Getting rid of my pillow completely has been the latest improvement which got rid of early morning stiffness and mild headaches.

    As for exercise, fairly immediate release comes by walking, but for long term actual solutions the back and core need to be strengthened with weight lifting. But you have to be careful because overloading can exacerbate and it's how I actually found out the problem. You could be overloading with yoga even, if for example you have muscle imbalances and some muscles are overworking to make up for the rest. Isolation exercises help a lot in this, you have to target the weakest links first and with proper loads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Panda View Post
    I used to have very severe muscle stiffness due to sedentary life and too much computer use. It was even radiating down my arm. I had to do physiotherapies to get rid of tense spots hard as rocks, and since then I manage them with exercise and stretching, as well as being mindful of my posture throughout the day.

    Getting rid of my pillow completely has been the latest improvement which got rid of early morning stiffness and mild headaches.

    As for exercise, fairly immediate release comes by walking, but for long term actual solutions the back and core need to be strengthened with weight lifting. But you have to be careful because overloading can exacerbate and it's how I actually found out the problem. You could be overloading with yoga even, if for example you have muscle imbalances and some muscles are overworking to make up for the rest. Isolation exercises help a lot in this, you have to target the weakest links first and with proper loads.
    Thank you, I think I'll have to add more core/neck exercises once I start feeling a bit better.

    I'm also thinking it can be exercise related, been trying some ballet exercises again after many years of not doing much of it at all. Maybe I just have to accept I'm getting old :P
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    OK, than outside of keeping the area warm to decontract the muscles, I can think only about massage, by a 3rd party if you can (to avoid soliciting the trapezius muscle and truly relax). If possible with a cream using at least one of these plant : harpagophytum, arnica montana, lavender. These I find it the best when having pain caused by muscles and joints.

    Wish you a quick recovery !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noyau Obscur View Post
    OK, than outside of keeping the area warm to decontract the muscles, I can think only about massage, by a 3rd party if you can (to avoid soliciting the trapezius muscle and truly relax). If possible with a cream using at least one of these plant : harpagophytum, arnica montana, lavender. These I find it the best when having pain caused by muscles and joints.

    Wish you a quick recovery !
    Seeing I'm a misanthrope, a 3rd party cannot be had at short notice.

    Many thanks for your suggestions and advice :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aridela View Post
    Thank you, I think I'll have to add more core/neck exercises once I start feeling a bit better.

    I'm also thinking it can be exercise related, been trying some ballet exercises again after many years of not doing much of it at all. Maybe I just have to accept I'm getting old :P
    I also use those spiky massage balls to self-massage the areas I can't reach. I prop them on the wall and slide on them, I can control the pressure this way and it definitely works, but it may take time, like 5-10 mins at least. If you warm them up before it may be even better. If you take painkillers for this, you might wanna choose one with muscle relaxant instead, I've used Norgesic, for a few days, but I generally avoid painkillers if I can.

    But yea, make it a point to stretch the upper back and neck well it helps a lot.

    Maybe a doctor specializing in sports medicine can help you exactly with what you have to do, I haven't gone to one but I know others who have and it can be a good choice as he told them which of his muscles are weak and how to work on them. So that's an option too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aridela View Post
    Seeing I'm a misanthrope, a 3rd party cannot be had at short notice.

    Many thanks for your suggestions and advice :)
    Ahhh, I see, than only one solution : bribe the cat !
    You're welcome, may you recover quickly, and can go back doing ballet steadily.
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    Using a well worn towel that has lost its fluff and softness, roll it into a neck support. Do this by laying the towel flat on a hard surface. Make two folds along the length of the towel, folding from one side, then the other, dividing the towel into thirds. Then roll it up as tightly and compact as you can get it. The end product should be a firm roll about 10 or 12 inches wide, depending upon the size of the towel.

    Lay down on a firm surface and place the towel behind your neck. Relax, allowing your head to rock back with your neck fully supported by the towel. About15 minutes of this should be helpful, longer if you prefer.

    Relax and unwind.

    If you have had a neck injury or surgery, see a doctor first.
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