Waking up with a stiff neck is a common ailment we have all experienced at some stage or another and it’s a sure start to having a bad day. The neck is an intricate, complex structure, made up of seven vertebrae in the spine and over 30 complex muscles. Its job is to support the head, a 15 – 20 pound weight (in adults), and it’s particularly susceptible to injury. Not only does the neck support the head, but it also supports the delicate spinal cord and four major arteries that carry blood to the brain. While in the vast majority of cases neck stiffness is caused by simple muscle tension, it can be a symptom of some more serious underlying condition. This could range from a misalignment of a disk in the spine to the beginnings of meningitis. If you experience neck stiffness and pain that persists for more than a few days, especially if it’s accompanied by any other symptoms, such as a fever, it would be a good idea to get your medical doctor or health professional to have a look at it.
Here are 11 natural remedies you can try to ease a stiff neck:
Tension is one of the most common causes of a stiff neck. Breathe in deeply while pushing out your abdomen (this helps to get air all the way to the bottom of your lungs). Then breathe out, simultaneously sucking in your stomach, which helps to expel all the air in your lungs. Breathe slowly and repeat five to ten times. At the same time, consciously try to relax and unknot the muscles in your neck and shoulders. Gently roll your shoulders and neck and think relaxing thoughts. Try picturing yourself lying on a beautiful beach on a tropical island somewhere, without a care in the world.