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Woke up with a Kink in the Neck? How to Stop the Pain.
How to Get Rid of Nasty Kink in the Cervical Spine and be Pain Free.
Call it what you want: kink in the neck, crick in the neck, neck pain, stiff neck - whatever it is, it is a pain NO DOUBT.
This can most certainly happen to the best of us. That day you wake up and realize you might have slept awkwardly, that really stressful day at work where it seems like all your tension landed in the back of your neck, or maybe that time you turned sharply to look back when reversing your car. Whatever the reason, your neck is strained and we need to get rid of it FAST
What did you do to relieve the neck pain?
The Last time you had a kink in the neck, what course of action did you take and it WORKED?
My last kink in the neck experience...
When was the last time i had a kink in the neck? Well i was on vacation in Florida and had slept in an unfamiliar bed with a not so supportive pillow. I remember tossing and turning all night...and voila i woke with my neck stiff as a board
Use Heat on Your Neck
Soothing Relief for your Neck Muscles and Ligaments
First, use heat on your neck. The heat will increase your mobility, loosen the neck, relax your muscles, and give some pain relief. You can use a gel pack, heated blanket, or even a hot shower for this. I find heat can also work great in the morning when you first wake up because you may be a bit stiffer just getting out of bed. If you spend all day working on the computer your neck may stiffen up at the end of the day slightly more also. If this is the case, an ice pack may work slightly better.
Neck Stretches and Muscle Massage
Give your neck a little TLC, it will thank you
Next, try a couple recommended neck stretches. Lateral head tilts are most commonly the best. Tilt your ear toward one shoulder. Hold this for 10-20 seconds. Then repeat a couple more times. If your neck hurts on both sides, do this stretch to each side. Only bend until you feel the stretch, not until you have pain.
Third is muscle massage. For the purpose of this particular article, I'm not going to say see your masseuse. I want to give you some quick, easy things you can do right away at home. So here's a great technique-reach across in front of your neck grabbing your trapezius with the opposite hand. That's the big muscle between your neck and shoulder. Grab and hold for about ten seconds. Move along the muscle repeating to work on all the tight spots.
A neck roll can be a very simple neck exercise
Lastly, we want to do some gentle neck rolls. Roll your head towards to front from side to side and then to the back from shoulder to shoulder. These are basically half neck rolls. Start out slow and shallow but then after you do a few you may feel you can go slightly bigger and faster. The reason I don't always love full neck circles is that sometimes you can throw something out of alignment more.
When you stretch or do these half circles you may hear some crunching or popping. That's okay and is very often a good thing. Something may need to move and adjust, and that's what it's doing.
Why Using Heat Works
The heat will increase your mobility, loosen the neck, relax your muscles, and give some pain relief. You can use a gel pack, heated blanket, or even a hot shower for this. I find heat can also work great in the morning when you first wake up because you may be a bit stiffer just getting out of bed.
The Many Reasons for the "Crick" or "Kink"
sleeping in a awkward position
sleeping on the sofa
talking on the phone
a violent cough
sleeping on a new pillo
working on the computer
slept in a funny position
turned to quick
Sunbathing on stomach