OK, so aside from basting myself in Tiger Balm, and changing my pillow, is there anything else that works?
Thank you, I think I'll have to add more core/neck exercises once I start feeling a bit better.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.
Seeing I'm a misanthrope, a 3rd party cannot be had at short notice.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 !
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.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
Are you a Se dom by any chance?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.
I'm picturing a red panda demonstrating the proper way of using the self massage balls XDI 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.
Side sleeper.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.
Thanks @soop; I've started with some light yoga today, already feel a bit better.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