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How to Safely Get Rid of That Crick in the Neck

One of the worst things to wake up with in the morning is a stiff neck. It’s happened to everyone; You slept wrong, exercised too much the day before, or strained something without even knowing it. Whatever the cause, neck pain can be a real bummer. It can get in the way of your tasks of the day, making everything more difficult, and in some cases, even impossible. If you find yourself in these shoes, there are some things you can try to get rid of that crick in your neck. Check out these pain and injury management options.

Take Some Tylenol

Over the counter medication can give you a little relief, especially for milder pains. If your neck pain is mild to moderate, and lasts for a short amount of time, then Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or similar medication can help you feel better. All of these medications help to reduce inflammation, and they also help to manage pain. For severe or ongoing pain, however, you might want to look at a more permanent, longer lasting option.

Try Some Heat

Sometimes all a crick in the neck needs is a little heat and some stretching. Popping a heating pad on the spot for a bit, and then stretching the neck gently can sometimes provide some relief. The heat will reduce inflammation, and the stretching might take away tension that is in the area. When stretching, be very easy on the body and don’t push too hard so that you don’t cause more pain or injury. If you don’t have time for a heating pad, try a topical gel like IcyHot.

Use Your Hands

A little massage can go a long way. Using your own hands, or the hands of family or friends, give the area a little rub. Be careful not to do anything that hurts the area more, in case it’s more injured than you realize, but for a tight muscle or tendon, a massage might be able to work it out. This along with some of the options mentioned above can be beneficial for getting rid of or handling the pain.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is one of the best options for any pain or injury to any part of the spine. When you have a crick in the neck, a chiropractor may be able to help you work it out by properly aligning the spine. This helps to release tension and promotes healing. The best part is that regular chiropractic care can not only heal you, but in many cases can help prevent injury and pain to the body in the first place.

If you need a chiropractor, chiropractors at The Joint may be able to get rid of or prevent pains in your neck or other areas of the body. A chiropractor may be able to use spinal manipulation to align the spine properly, reducing pain and injury. With walk-in appointments and affordable pricing, getting help has never been more inviting. Get to The Joint to talk with a chiropractor, and you may be able to get all the help you need today.

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