The anti-inflammatory property of turmeric can help relieve discomfort caused by a stiff neck. It also helps improve blood circulation.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in 1 cup of milk. Heat it on low for 5 minutes. Allow it to cool and then add a little honey. Drink it 2 times daily for a few days.
- Include turmeric in your daily cooking.
- Alternatively, you can take turmeric in capsule or tablet form, but only after consulting a doctor.
Note: Turmeric may not be suitable for those suffering from gallstones or a bile duct obstruction.
Acupressure is a traditional Chinese treatment that can help get rid of a stiff neck, especially when it is caused by bad posture. Here, a therapist applies pressure to specific points to ease pain.
Luo Zhen is the name of the acupressure point found on the back of the hand that can help treat a stiff neck. The point is located in the depression between the two bones near the knuckles of the middle and pointer fingers.
If your neck is stiff on the right side, then massage the point on your left hand, and vice versa. Massage this point by applying light pressure into it with your fingertip. Maintain the pressure for a couple of minutes. In the meantime, exercise your neck by rotating your head side to side.
- Try the skin-scraping technique to get rid of a stiff neck. Lubricate the sore area with a little massage oil and then gently scrape the skin with the edge of a spoon. Start from the top of your neck coming all the way down to the top of your shoulders. This Chinese remedy is a type of massage to get the blood flow to the aching area. As it is difficult to do on your own, you may take a friend’s help. Better still, get it done by an acupuncturist.
- Get 7 to 8 hours of sound sleep every night. Getting enough rest will help your body heal quickly.
- Do not sleep on your stomach. Try to sleep on your side or back.
- Try sleeping without a pillow for a few nights.
- Make sure your mattress is firm enough to provide support for your spine and neck.
- Avoid driving, as it may aggravate the problem.
- Avoid putting any strain on the neck muscles, as it will increase the pain and delay the healing process.
- Use relaxation techniques to combat emotional stress that can trigger muscle tension.
- Practice good posture throughout the day when sitting or standing.
- Being overweight puts a strain on all of the body’s muscles, so try to lose excess weight.
- Take frequent breaks while at work to reduce stress on your neck.
- Avoid crimping your phone between your neck and shoulder.
- Avoid doing heavy physical exercises for a week as it may worsen the pain.