We hear it alot, “Ouch I got a crick in my neck it hurts to move my head this direction.” Or you might have seen someone walking or moving around like a robot because they couldn’t turn their head to look around. A sharp pain in your neck or shoulder area that pulls your head to the side can really be painful. Most people just treat that with pain medicine, but there is a better way. What is crucial to understand is that the nerve in your neck is being pinched, which causes pain, and you muscles spasm which also causes more pain and soreness. A lot times this can also cause your spine to shift out of its normal alignment which can also pinch the nerves. It seems like you can get a crick in the neck really easily, and because they are so easy to get it can be caused by many different things. The most common cause seems to be sleeping in an awkward position, but these can range to anything that caused you to turn your neck quickly like slipping in the shower. The most important thing is to try and find out what is causing that crick in the neck. Being able to treat the pain and avoid that same type of neck position or movement is important so that it doesn’t turn into an underlying condition for your spine. Typically cricks will get worse and worse unitl you find out what is causing them. Once corrected then you can prevent that from coming back on a continual basis.
The best way for you to get rid of your crick in the neck is to not get one in the first place. Prevention is the key to starting the day out with a sore neck. The first thing you can do is to reduce your daily stress. This can help relax your muscles. Some suggestions for this might be yoga, prayer, or exercise. One type of stretch that you can perform is imagining your nose is in the middle of a big circle. Trace your nose around the circle starting small and getting larger each time. Do this stretch for about 30 seconds in each direction, clockwise and counter-clockwise. A good time to practice this stretch might be right before you go to bed if you are suffering with continual cricks when you wake up in the morning.
Another way to stretch out your neck muscles is by using a foam roller. You can do many different types of stretches with these.