Stiff Neck? Try These Home Remedies!

· January 24, 2016
To relieve pain, try massaging the area with essential oils. To restore flexibility, it's important to slowly and gently exercise the muscles.

Have you ever had a stiff neck? Would you like to learn how to treat this common problem? Then keep reading!

A stiff neck is characterized by difficulty moving or twisting the neck due to pain and discomfort. It can be accompanied by other symptoms like headache, discomfort in the shoulders or arms, stinging and unbearable pain in the neck, sleep loss due to the discomfort, etc.

More info on a stiff neck

The pain can appear suddenly in the neck and disappear just as quickly as it came on. If it’s recurring pain that doesn’t disappear after a few days or occurs several times a month, it’s said to be a chronic case which needs to be attended to.

How do we get neck pain? A stiff neck can be caused by a lot of things, for example:

  • Sprain or muscle injury
  • Poor posture
  • Remaining in the same position for several hours (sitting, above all)
  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Forcing the neck to support weight or sudden movements
  • And, finally, weight lifting exercises

Read more: 7 Effects of Poor Sleep

Woman with stiff neck working at computer

It can occur as a result of serious conditions that will require medical attention. Meningitis and a herniated disc both cause a stiff neck, for example. Because of that, it’s vital to not ignore the symptoms, especially if they become more intense.

Home remedies for a stiff neck

As we already mentioned, a stiff neck can be mild or intense (chronic). In the latter, you won’t be able to turn your head without experiencing intense pain. Some treatments that you’ll find useful if you’re suffering from this problem are:

Massages

Upper part of woman's body

This is the most popular home remedy. You can go to a massage therapist or, alternatively, ask someone at home to carefully massage your neck. For a greater effect, you can use essential oils. You don’t have to go out and buy any, just use the ones you already have available in your home like olive or almond oil.

Just heat them a little on the stove or in the microwave. However, be careful that you don’t burn your skin. The heat and movement are good for loosening muscles, whether in the neck or elsewhere on the body.

Take a few drops of oil (if you’re using essential oils, try lavender or rosemary) and then apply them to the affected area in circular motions with a gentle pressure. It will relax painful muscles and increase blood flow, reducing stiffness in minutes.

See also: 6 Body Parts You Should Massage

Heat

Applying heat to a stiff neck is an excellent way to relieve pain. You can, for example, take a hot shower and direct the water jet onto your neck. Alternatively, you can wet a towel with boiling water and apply it as a compress, or even use an electric heating pad.

You can also buy special pillows filled with rice or seeds which can be heated in the microwave.

Epsom salts

 

Taking a bath with Epsom salts is another excellent remedy for a stiff neck. This salt is rich in magnesium which promotes blood flow and has the ability to reduce muscle tension.

Firstly, fill the tub with warm water and add a handful of Epsom salts to dissolve. Then immerse yourself in the water so that it covers your neck. The good news is that this remedy or technique will help you feel more relaxed in general, loosening your muscles.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar with box of apples

Apple cider vinegar offers many benefits for your health. For muscle aches, it helps to reduce swelling. Simply wet a cloth with vinegar and then place it on the neck as a compress. Another option is to rub the affected area with vinegar.

Radish

Firstly, cut a few slices of raw radish and apply them to the painful area. Let it work for a few minutes and then rinse with warm water. It’s really calming, and is a refreshing and affordable remedy.

Exercises

While you may not be able to move your neck, whether from pain or fear, it’s important to restore the muscle’s flexibility. Start with gentle and really slow exercises, watching out for signs of pain.