ost people, at some point in their lives, experience a stiff neck problem. It may be accompanied with headache, neck, shoulder or arm discomfort or pain. The pain can be aching, sharp, or felt only when trying to turn the head to the side.
Some people have a chronic problem with a stiff neck which is harder to deal with.
What causes a stiff neck?
There are many causes why people get a stiff neck, all of which can be grouped in the following four categories:
- Most common, mechanical cause due to a muscle strain. It can be instigated by sport injuries, strenuous activities, inactive lifestyle, muscle overstretching, etc. Often this type of problem not felt right away but may appear after a little while. Above causes are by far the most common ones of a stiff neck.
- Physiological origin. This pain is associated with a particular disorder such as cervical herniated disc and cervical degenerative disc diseases, cervical osteoarthritis, tumors, infection, etc.
- Psychological origin. The pain in a neck area can be caused by mental stress or severe nervous breakdown. The human body can be affected by mental issues, and any emotional stress can easily knock off-balance of any organ. The neck is no exception.
- Temperature exposure effect. The neck is easily susceptible to cold exposure which may cause muscle hypothermia. This may lead to a spasm and very sharp pain or a nagging but lasting pain.
You can reduce or completely eliminate your neck pain by applying these simple methods from the comfort of your home!