Q&A Wednesday

Q&A: Why is my neck always stiff?

Stiff neck, stiff shoulders, constantly secretly wishing anyone would give you a back rub… okay, maybe the last part is just me. But seriously: when your neck is super stiff and sore, it can get really frustrating and tiring trying to figure out exactly what to do to make it feel better.

But here’s why your neck is always stiff and what you can do to help.

Over to you! Have you ever experienced this? What have you done that’s helped?

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    June 8, 2016 at 5:58 am

    When stress kicked in I always feel it in my neck and shoulders. I should really try to meditate more. I love your alternatives, walking and running with my dog always calms me down. I also love to do these mini exercises where you shrug your shoulders and release them. Folowing by slowly taking your head to the right and left and even in circles. Something I picked up at dance class and is my go to for tightness in those areas.

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    June 8, 2016 at 6:27 am

    hi everyone, i would also add: if your pain is caused by some kind of physical disbalance (because of bad posture etc.), try strengthening the muscles “around” – or those that you don’t really use that much, but that my help release some tension. that is one thing that I learned at my physio and it really helps, I’ve had so much less problems with my neck since I learned how to release the stress from my trapeze muscles (by strengthening my arms and shoulder blades).

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    June 8, 2016 at 10:09 am

    So many good points! We are now looking for a new bed because ours is getting old and our bodies are feeling it!

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    June 8, 2016 at 11:05 am

    great tips! also, physically, tension in the back of the shoulders, neck, and head is many due to a tight front of the body- i.e., the front of the neck, the jaw, and the chest- and possibly knots along the ridge of the suboccipitals. these can be released through self massage, trigger point therapy, some focused stretching, AND improving your posture (notice when your shoulders hunch forward, and draw them back, opening the chest). i know it can get tricky to do this kind of stuff on your own- see if there’s a trigger point therapy or yoga tune up class near you so you can have a teacher help you out!

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    Jenn De Feo

    June 8, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    This is a common ailment for me! I too sleep on a not so supportive pillow, which I love and cannot part with, so I turn to other sources of relief! Stretching is a big one for me, being mindful of my posture, breathing and letting go of emotions that no longer serve me are also helpful! Its good to know I am not alone! Thanks E!

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    June 8, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Look for relief in your feet. I just experienced this the other day and it blew my mind, then it made total sense. Anyhow, I wanted to get on the mat but I felt sluggish and my often sore spot on the left side of my neck was bothering me so I didn’t want to do a flow that involved a lot of planking and down ward dog etc. I tried a Yoga for the Feet sesh and half way through suddenly I felt how my back and neck popped and things aligned.

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    Stefani Hendricks

    June 9, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I spend a lot if the day looking down whether it be at my keyboard, paperwork or my phone or tablet. I lay on my back for about 10 minutes at night with a little piece (about 12 inches) of pool noodle under the back of my neck. It really has helped stretch my stiff neck out and I feel better after just a couple of days. it gives me the quiet time I need and is also beneficial as far as neck stiffness goes:)

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    June 13, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    This is something that killed me every week! At least once a week it ended in a headache! I would do yoga, practicing singing warm-up, even though I can’t sing, to release my jaw, and got a nice memory foam bed. The chiropractor knew me well. Then, I started addeing melatonin to my bed time vitamins, and finally got great sleep and a relaxed neck.

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