How to Get Rid of a Sore Neck

How to Get Rid of a Sore Neck

Nothing is more of a pain in the neck than, well… a pain in the neck! If you've got a sore neck, you're likely going to want a quick way to stop it. But how to get rid of a sore neck? It's not as difficult as one would think. There are a lot of remedies and quick fixes to stop a sore neck, and to keep it from happening again. Follow these tips, and you'll be pain-free in no time!

Try Some Ice


If the pain in your neck is caused by an acute injury, or if you can feel swelling, then the best way to treat it immediately is with something cold. In this case, an ice pack (or any other cooling object, such as a cold pack, or even a bag of frozen vegetables) is a great way to stop any swelling, making the pain go away faster. It's then best to later treat with our next option.

...Or Some Heat


If a sore neck is caused by stiffness or muscle strain, then the best thing that can be done to fix it is to use some heat! The warmth in a heating pad or hot water bottle can ease the muscles, easing away the pain in the process. Don't have a heating pad or hot water bottle? Then fill a sock with some rice or dried beans, and microwave it! Bonus:  It will fit around your neck easier.

Stretching Can Help


Sometimes, a sore neck is caused by not stretching your neck enough during the day. This is especially the case for a lot of office workers, who spend all day staring at their computer monitors. The best way to remedy this? Stretch! Stretching your muscles will stop the stiffness and pain. Gently turn your head to the side, lifting your chin. Then, repeat on the other side. Moving your head in circles will also loosen up stiff muscles.

Change Up Your Sleep Position


Sleeping in an uncomfortable position can lead to a stiff neck, which is certainly not something that you want to wake up to. Your sleep position here is definitely the major cause. Instead of sleeping on your stomach, try sleeping on your back or side. These sleeping positions are less likely to cause neck strain. Also have enough pillows to allow your spine to remain straight; this position will stop you from having a sore neck.

Improve Your Posture


Your mother likely warned you about slouching. What she didn't warn you about was that it could cause a sore neck! Bad posture can certainly cause neck pain, because of the abnormal position that it puts you in. Instead, take the time to sit up straight. Or stand up straight. Whatever you do, when upright, make sure that your head is directly above your hips, your shoulders are square, and your spine is straight.

There are many reasons why someone might have a sore neck. Thankfully, there are also as many ways to treat this problem! Follow these steps, and you'll feel better in no time at all.

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