If one winter morning you wake up feeling under the weather and with a stiff neck, then that could be flu. But then it could be something else. There are many causes of stiff neck. And just because you have a stiff neck doesn’t necessarily mean you’re about to catch the flu.
Oftentimes a stiff neck is caused by nothing more than fatigue or if you stayed sleeping in one position all night. However, a stiff neck could also be a symptom of a more serious condition, especially when accompanied by other symptoms.
A stiff neck has many causes including:
- Injury to the neck
- Pinched nerve
- Muscle spasm
In this article, you will learn how to get lasting relief from a stiff neck. However, since a stiff neck can also be a symptom of the flu and other conditions, you should see a doctor if the symptoms persist after following the tips outlined here.
1. Neck stretches
Start by moving your neck from side to side. Do some circular motions in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions. This exercise must be done carefully and deliberately. The aim is to try to feel the stretch as much as possible.
2. Keep your neck warm
Oftentimes the simple act of keeping your neck warm is enough to relieve the pain and discomfort of a stiff neck. You can use warm compress or simply wrap a shawl around your neck.
3. Neck massage
Since one of the contributing factors to a stiff neck is stress, a neck massage can do wonders in relieving stress and in turn help your neck muscles to relax.
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