Throughout the day, we have rest only when we reach home. But, throughout the day, our neck is still performing its duty and never rests. But why is it that when we are asleep, there are times that we woke up because of the pain in our neck? And sometimes, when we are at work or at school, our neck suddenly hurts with no reason at all? Well, that not true. Our neck hurts when we are asleep or at work or school because of muscle spasms. As you go along this article, you will know why you suffer from muscle spasms in neck and how to cure the pain.
The spasms that our neck muscles feel are involuntarily contracted and sometimes the tightening is uncontrollable. This is because of the strain, weakness or overuse of the neck that is developed when lifting heavy things, through accident, or any other kind of activity.
Stress is also one of the causes why muscle spasms in neck are experienced by some of us especially during hours of work. However, muscle spasms in neck may be due to any ailment like herniated disc, cervical spondylosis (degeneration of disc in the neck area), cervical dystonia (neck’s involuntary movement), spinal stenosis (spinal canal narrows and creates pressure to the nerves or spinal cord), tension, headache, meningitis, or osteomyelitis (infection in the bone). Further, muscle spasms in neck might also be associated with other indicators that can lead to a worst case or severe condition. Examples of these indicators are high fever, loss of senses, nausea, etc. If this is not immediately treated, this will result to complications such as paralysis, permanent damage of nerve and never-ending pain.
So, if you even have muscle spasms in neck right now, and together with it, you feel other symptoms, it is better to consult immediately a doctor or specialist. Never endure the pain otherwise that might be one serious pain you will ever regret afterwards. If you cannot afford to go to a hospital or clinic, we have three simple ways to treat your muscle spasms in neck.
Neck spasm is not really a threat to one’s health if this will be immediately treated. Well, there are methods of curing neck spasm—through medication, physical therapy, or just by you. Yes, you! You can take yourself away from your muscle spasms in neck.
To begin with, consider this kind of exercise. Put your hands at the back of your head and slowly press down near your chest either to the left or to the right. Stay in that position for 16 counts and repeat it with the other side. You can repeat the routine for 2 more times. This allows loosening the muscle from being tight. Next, with the left palm under your chin, slightly push towards your right side your face nearly touching your shoulders. Stay in that position for 16 counts. Do this also on the opposite direction with your right palm. Repeat for 2 more times. In the last routine, put your thumb with your forefinger under your chin. Raise your chin as if pushing your head backwards. Stay in that position for 10 counts and relax. Repeat for 2 more times.
The second way of treating muscle spasms in neck is by massaging the neck with your hands using your fingers as massager. This is effective if associated with taking naproxen or ibuprofen.
Lastly, through ice packs wrapped in towel, this can lessen the pain of neck spasm. Hopefully, this can help you whenever you have muscle spasms in neck.