Four ways to get relief from a kink in your neck
If you are reading this article on getting rid of a kink in your neck then you have come to the right place. There is a lot of questionable advice on the internet which could actually cause more harm than good, rather than curing and preventing it from happening again.
What causes a kinked neck?
A kinked neck is usually the result of stressing your neck too much the day before although you may actually experience it first thing in the morning, when you wake up. This is why it can be hard to discover the source of a kink in the neck and prevent it from reoccurring. Kinks in the neck can be caused by all the usual culprits of neck pain, such as stress, arthritis, spasms, sleeping in a poor position or on a bad pillow or mattress, etc. Another cause of neck pain can also be due to a pinched nerve in your neck. If you have a recurring kinked neck, or one that does not get better quickly, it’s important to have it evaluated by a medical professional to find out the root cause.
After straining or overexerting your neck, the stressed ligaments try to get back to their normal length during your sleep and the natural process of healing of the torn fibers gets started while you are resting your neck muscles. This process is long and it results in loss of mobility and causes pain whenever you are not giving adequate time for this natural recovery process to complete.
Your Vertebrae is pulled by your neck muscles to support it and the nerves between them get pulled too. It causes inflammation in the areas around your ligament. Certain fluids are naturally produced in our body to heal the inflamed nerves and muscles. The ligament gets warmer to increase the rate of metabolic healing process and you are able to experience every twitch and pull. The neck pain caused by the above reasons lasts a day or two. But you can increase the rate of this healing process by:
Try Kinesiology Tape
This is now one of my favorite things to use when I get a kink, or any other neck pain for that matter. You simply apply a few strips of the fabric-like tape to your neck, and the relief is nearly immediate. It’s all natural and easy to use (see my other article which has more information about it as well as videos that will demonstrate how to apply it). Kinesiology tape, or KT tape, promotes quick healing and increases mobility and range of motion. It’s a simple solution but works really well! I like the KT Tape Pro, which is available in a bunch of colors on Amazon.
Using ice reduces the swelling and also reduces the neck pain. Use an ice pack and try to keep a cloth or soft tissue between the ice pack and your skin. Never ice for more than 15-20 minutes at a time. Try to give yourself a good neck massage before using ice therapy. Try to roll your head to the position where it hurts the most while massaging yourself to find out the pressure points and apply the ice there. You can use a plastic bag with ice or a classic type of ice pack can be convenient, you don’t need anything fancy.
Heat therapy is another great treatment for a kinked neck. You can fill your old gym sock with dry cooking rice and tie off the end then microwave on high for 60-90 seconds. Touch it to make sure it’s not too hot and apply it on your neck. This can provide a lot of relief. My friend who suffers from a cervical spine condition does that. I prefer to use a microwaveable heat pack designed to rest on my neck and shoulders because I have recurring neck pain. Another thing that works really well is a heating pad. I have this heating pad and find it particularly comfortable. Use of a heat pad for a maximum of 15 minutes increases the blood flow in your neck and can help provide relief.
Long hot showers are also good to relieve neck pain, let your neck be under a warm shower for as long as you can. If you are really short of time in the morning then try this.
If you have time, then soak your neck with salt additives (bath salts like epsom salt) as they relieve tension in the neck muscles and also increase blood circulation in those areas.
Non prescription drugs such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen are designed to relieve pain and inflammation. Be sure to consult with your doctor and be careful if you have any sensitivities to these drugs. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are good because of the anti-inflammatory properties in addition to relieving pain.
Sometimes a kink in the neck is simply unavoidable. However, keeping your neck muscles loose and flexible and keeping yourself in good shape can really help.
Take neck stretching breaks during your work. Try touching your chin to your chest and holding for 30 seconds. It is a very good exercise that you can do when you are working late. If you have to sit in the same position for long periods of time, then availing the service of a massage therapist from time to time helps to loosen the trigger points on your back, shoulders and neck. Using a massage pillow like this one (which I personally love and use regularly!) can help keep your neck loose and comfortable as well.
If you have a very tiresome day at work then and you are experiencing a slight neck pain then be sure to take extra steps before going to sleep to stretch and massage your neck, and generally unwind to try to relieve tension in your neck which can only get compounded while you sleep.
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