Five easy steps to ease your stiff neck

Move your head towards the affected side then apply an opposite force using your hand
Move your head towards the affected side then apply an opposite force using your hand
Stretch the affected area by moving your head towards the opposite side
Stretch the affected area by moving your head towards the opposite side

5 Steps to Ease Your Stiff Neck...

Have you ever woke up having stiff neck? Have you experienced the pain when turning your head on another side? Well, here are some good tips you can do to ease that stiffness. Please remember that these steps cannot be used for neck conditions that need medical attention. If you got a stiff neck because you slept in the wrong position like having too high pillow, then it's safe to do the following:

  1. Get a warm towel or if you have a hot pack (gel based) at home, that would be better, and leave it on the stiffed part of your neck. This will help relax your neck muscles. If you're using a warm towel, it would be best if you have a bucket filled with warm water and about 2-3 pieces of towels so you can change it whenever the warmth fades on it. You can keep doing this until you feel a bit of ease from the pain. Just a reminder, don't overdo it as you might get skin burn especially if you're using a hot pack. And before applying the warm towel or hot pack on the affected part, make sure that you have a dry towel on it to prevent skin burn as well.
  2. Now, we're going to do some exercise. On the affected side, let's say, you can't move your head going to your left. Push your head going to the right but you have to use your hand to prevent it from doing that by pushing it back. Keep this position for about 10 seconds, then relax for 5 seconds. You can ask someone to hold your head or you can use your own hand to do this.
  3. After that, move your head going to your left until you feel the pain. Once you felt the pain, go back to step 2. Just don't push it too hard as you might feel a lot of pain. Be patient and keep it easy.
  4. Now check if there's a progress then apply the hot pack or warm towel on the affected part once more to have it relaxed.
  5. Try to move your head from different directions - side to side, left to right, look down and look up, and rotation (circular motion). Moving your shoulders as well will help your neck muscles to relax.

It's still best to consult a doctor or to have your neck checked by a physiatrist or a physical therapist so you can be given professional attention.

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Noah Mason 11 months ago

I have had problems with sciatica for over 2 years and nothing helped. I looked for "treatment for Sciatica" "Sciatica treatment" and "relief for Sciatica" and came out on This website looks really promising, also because my friend Sonja has tried this out and she told me this actually worked really well.

yzelgutierrez 2 years ago

thank you,i feel relax now!!

Justin Bisset 4 years ago

Thanks, this really helps.

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JKSophie 4 years ago from Philippines Author

at least 15 times or until you feel comfortable

joshua sanchez 4 years ago

how many times should i keep looking back and forth

Troll 4 years ago

stop giving your husband head and you wont have a stiff neck.

Ramona 4 years ago

Ok so I was giving my husband head and I woke up with a stiff neck. What should I do?

trouble 5 years ago

it sort of worked for me

asad 5 years ago

It's like magic much better .. still cant move all the way right still trying to :)

Brittany 5 years ago

Wow, this stretch helped me so much! Thank you for sharing!!!

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JKSophie 6 years ago from Philippines Author

That's great! I appreciate your effort in creating an account to say "thanks" :) You're welcome and I'm glad that this article helped you.

LuvnLilLady 6 years ago

I had to create an account just so that I may thank you for this article...I've been stiff in the neck and upper back for two days and Tylenol helped a bit. But after doing this, I haven't done the heat part yet...I felt SOOOO MUCH better!!! Thanx so much. Oh and the cause was my unnatural body position for the night when my little Kindergartener decided to sleep with me...besides using a HUGE pillow that same night. I'm still stiff...but as I keep doing this, it lessens the stiffness. I'm going to add the heat when I get the chance. Again thanx!

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JKSophie 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks for the comment AllanChan :)

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AllanChan 6 years ago from Singapore And UK

I often get stiff neck from bad sleeping postures. Its good to know that there are many easy ways to relief it. Thanks.

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JKSophie 7 years ago from Philippines Author

It is possible that problems with your feet can cause neck and back pain, Doylestown Chiropractor.  Any disturbance in the alignment of our skeletal structure supporting our posture may cause strain, and therefore, can result to neck or back pain.

Doylestown Chiropractor 7 years ago

I had neck and back pain for many years before I realized that my neck and back pain was actually caused by problems with my feet. I tried Doylestown chiropractors that used MUA and Torque release methods.

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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

Thumbs Up!

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JKSophie 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks for your comment. Just an advise, if you're getting stiff neck often, it would be best to see a doctor (a physiatrist or orthopedic in particular) to check if there's something's wrong, other than pain due to muscular stiffness. :-)

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Stacie L 7 years ago

this is a good info for us stiff neck sufferers!

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JKSophie 8 years ago from Philippines Author

Thank you all. I hope these steps will help you. :-)

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premsingh 8 years ago

Tips are really useful to get rid of pain. I use this exercise but warm towel treatment is new. I'll try this.

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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Thank you for sharing these five easy steps.

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BeatsMe 8 years ago

Stiff neck is a good idea for a hub. ;) I will bookmark this in case I have a stiff neck. But I hope it doesn't happen.

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