What’s Causing Your Stiff Neck?

Most people will end up experiencing some form or version of a stiff neck at some, or even multiple, points in their lives. It’s not fun to deal with at all, and I think one of the most frustrating aspects of having a stiff neck is not always knowing why it is even occurring in the first place. A stiff neck can be the result of many different injuries, conditions, and temporary strains to the body.

I recently came across an article by Spine Health that lists some of the most common reasons and explanations for why neck pain and stiffness occurs for us, and more importantly, how it can best be treated and prevented using all natural methods.

There are plenty of simple and easily treatable reasons as to why your neck may be tightening up or otherwise causing you trouble and pain. If you have a labor-intensive job, you may find yourself straining to lift and carry heavy objects that will inevitably cause your neck to be unnaturally overworked and overused. Adjusting your lifting and carrying positions can prevent this from being an issue.

However, sometimes a crick in the neck can be the result of something as simple as not getting proper rest each and every night. If your mattress or pillow aren’t tailored to your specific body, it can leave you in uncomfortable, strained positions for hours at a time while you sleep. If you find yourself waking up in the mornings often with some sort of neck pain, you may want to consider getting a new pillow, with the right amount of height and firmness to support your head and neck.

Of course, there are also more immediate caused of neck pain that need immediate treatment. A sudden injury to the area that’s sustained from athletic activity or an auto accident should be looked at by a medical professional immediately, to prevent the strain from getting worse and impacting other areas of your health.

As you heal, you may want to consider seeing a chiropractor for neck adjustments and manipulations. The all natural methods that a doctor of chiropractic will use on you can speed up healing time from injuries and strains to the area by reducing inflammation and stiffness in the joints and soft tissues of the body. Even if you don’t commonly experience neck pain, getting regular chiropractic care can ensure the health of your spinal column and your neck remains strong and lasting.

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