GOTTA KRICK? STIFF NECK
A stiff neck, or a crick in the neck, is one of those pains that isn’t as bad as being shot in the leg, but it gets annoying to the point where a bullet doesn’t seem that bad of an idea. It ruins your morning, renders you as mobile as a tranquilized tortoise through the day and won’t let up even when you’ve gingerly placed your head on your pillow. So, when someone tells you you’re a pain in the neck, understand that the person is awfully miffed at you. There isn’t much we can do about you being a pain, but here’s something that can soothe your neck.
WHAT the heck is a “Crick in the Neck”?
A “crick in the neck” is often associated with a stiff neck which is typically characterized by soreness and difficulty in moving the neck, especially when trying to turn the head.
HOW do you manage to get one?
There are many reasons for a stiff neck, and you should always try your best to identify the cause of discomfort.
A crick in the neck may not be solely confined to the neck. At times the pain may radiate down to the shoulder or all the way down to the back and will make it difficult to turn your head in one or more directions.
Some common causes include:
- Sleeping in a position that strains the neck muscles
- Sports Injuries that strain the neck
- Any activity that involves repeatedly turning the head from side to side, such as swimming the front crawl stroke
- Poor posture, such as slouching while viewing the computer monitor
- Excessive stress, which can lead to tension in the neck
- Holding the neck in an abnormal position for a long period, such as cradling a phone between the neck and shoulder.
- Muscle strains & Nerve compression