Neck pain or a stiff neck is a common problem and generally nothing to worry about.
The pain and stiffness usually gets better after a few days or weeks, and is rarely a sign of a more serious problem.
You can get a painful or stiff neck if you sleep in an awkward position, use a computer for a prolonged period of time, or strain a muscle because of bad posture.
Anxiety and stress can also sometimes cause tension in your neck muscles, which can lead to pain in your neck.
You can normally manage your symptoms at home by following the advice below.
Managing neck pain at home
Take a swim
Swimming reduces inflammation, provides quick pain relief, and allows for unrestricted movements.
Use a water pillow
Some patients note the rejuvenating effects of water pillows that allow patients to dictate the firmness of their pillow. Specifically, more water equals a firmer pillow; less water provides a softer pillow.
Consider melatonin sleeping aids
The supplement allows you to get some much-needed quality restorative sleep, which encourages the healing process.
Focus on magnesium intake
Many cases of neck pain are the result of muscle strains or sprains. Ask your doctor or a nutritionist about adding magnesium-rich foods or a magnesium supplement to your diet.
Get a remedial massage
During a remedial massage, oil is applied to and massaged into the skin, with the purpose of penetrating the muscles and joints, removing toxins in the muscles, and ultimately relaxing the muscles and improving joint mobility.
Relax via holistic treatments
Stress can exacerbate neck pain. treatments like aromatherapy (during which essential oils are used for relaxation and mood improvement), meditative music, candlelight, etc. may be used to soothe and clear you of neck pain.
Avoid situations that trigger neck pain
Try to avoid activities like sitting at a computer for long periods of time, driving, heavy lifting, and other activities that require heavy use of the arms.
Strategically place ice on certain areas of the body
Some suggest putting ice on different areas of the body to help achieve relief from such symptoms.