You wake up one morning, and as you try to turn your head, you feel a sharp pain shooting through your neck. The dreaded “stiff neck” has plagued many of us at some point in our lives. But what causes this pain?
Typical Causes of Stiff Neck
One possible cause is poor posture. Spending hours hunched over a desk or staring down at your phone can strain the muscles in your neck, leading to stiffness and discomfort. So remember to sit up straight and take breaks to stretch throughout the day.
Another culprit could be muscle tension. Stress and anxiety can cause our muscles to tighten up, including those in our necks. So take some time to relax and unwind, whether it’s through meditation, deep breathing exercises, or a soothing bath.
A “stiff neck” may sometimes result from a muscle strain or sprain. This can happen from sudden movements or overexertion. If you’ve recently been involved in physical activity or experienced a jarring motion, you may have strained the muscles in your neck.
And let’s not forget about the impact of sleep positions. Sleeping in an awkward position or on an unsupportive pillow can lead to a stiff neck in the morning. So please ensure you have a comfortable and supportive pillow that keeps your neck aligned with your spine while you sleep.
Relief is Available
If you’re experiencing chronic or severe neck pain, it’s important to seek professional help. Chiropractic treatment can provide relief for neck pain by realigning the spine and reducing muscle tension. A skilled chiropractor can assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs.
What To Do…
So don’t let a “stiff neck” hold you back from enjoying life. Take care of your posture, manage your stress, and seek help when needed. Remember, your neck deserves some TLC too. Give us a call at (408) 871-1200 for an evaluation.