What to Do for a Stiff Neck

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If you’re starting your day with a stiff neck, it’s not only painful but a nuisance. It can hinder your daily activities and make it difficult to go to sleep. Almost everyone will experience neck pain at least once in their lifetime.

 A stiff neck can be caused by many different things such as a car accident, poor posture, sleeping in the wrong position, stress or health conditions. A stiff neck is occurs when the muscle in the neck has become tense or there is a sudden impact on them.

If you’re suffering from a stiff neck or neck pain, here’s what to do for a stiff neck


Massage Therapy

Massage will help relieve your stiff neck pain. If you’re massaging your own neck, try these techniques.

Heat it Up

Heat will help tight muscles to relax.  Apply heat to your neck for at least 20 minutes at a time, three times a day.


If you’re stressed, it cause lots of muscle tension.  Pay close attention to stressors and find ways to reduce that stress.  Manage your stress with yoga, taking a warm bath or practice deep breathing.  Find your happy place and feel all that stress and neck pain melt away.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy focuses on pain relief, healing and restoring function and movement.  Using stretching and strengthening exercises will help to relieve a stiff neck.


Chiropractic will adjust the position of the vertebrae of the spine which relieves the pressure on the nerve, restores the nerves ability to send signals to the brain more freely and helps your body to function at the highest level possible.  Chiropractic offers neck pain treatment that aims to fix the source of the pain instead of simply treating the symptoms.

Take a Break

Try to take short breaks during your workday and do some neck stretches to help give your muscles a chance to stretch out instead of staying rigid for hours on end.

If you are wondering what to do for a stiff neck, try one of these 6 tips.  Fusion Rehabilitation is here to help you live a pain-free life.

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