What can you do for a crick in your neck?

What to Do for a Crick in Your Neck

Is your neck sore when you turn your head? Is it stiffer and less mobile than usual? Answering yes to these two questions means you may have a crick in your neck, and you’re probably trying to figure out what you can do for it. 

A crick in the neck is an issue that is also called stiff neck muscles. You shouldn’t be surprised that you’re experiencing neck stiffness and aching; after all, it’s estimated that up to 50% of people experience neck pain every year. Figuring out what you can do for a crick in your neck can be harder than you think. However, there are several steps you can take to treat neck stiffness and pain

Three things you can do for a crick in your neck

The many ways that your neck and head can move mean that there are many muscles in your neck. This also increases your risk of developing a crick in your neck. Some steps you can take to address a crick in your neck include: 

  • Looking at how you’re sleeping — It’s common to develop neck muscle stiffness while you’re sleeping. Often, the source of this stiffness is how your head and neck are positioned while you sleep. 

Ideally, your head and neck should be relatively level when you’re resting. Even a slight upward or downward tilt can lead to tension in your neck muscles. Adjusting your pillow height or changing your sleeping position can help align your neck properly while you rest.

  • Being more conscious of your posture — It’s far too common for people to spend hours slumped over their phone or computer. This is not the type of posture that your neck was built to handle. As a result, your neck muscles can become stiff and sore. 

You can help your neck by paying closer attention to your posture. Improving your posture may decrease your risk of neck pain and stiffness. For instance, you can hold your phone higher so you don’t have to bend your neck forward as much. 

  • Going to physical therapy — Physical therapists are trained to treat many musculoskeletal disorders, including neck muscle issues. They can help identify the source of the crick in your neck. Your physical therapist can help you find treatment that’s customized to your needs as well. 

What can your physical therapist do for the crick in your neck?

Physical therapists have access to many treatment techniques, and many of these techniques are useful for treating stiff and sore neck muscles. A few of the therapy methods your physical therapist may use to treat your symptoms are: 

Find treatment for your stiff and painful neck at Holland PT

Keen to learn more about what you can do for the crick in your neck? Our team at Holland Physical Therapy is primed to help you treat your stiff and painful neck muscles. We offer free screenings intended to reveal the cause of your neck symptoms. Our physical therapists are also adept at building therapy plans designed to fit each patient’s unique needs. You can even sign up for a virtual therapy appointment with us and treat your pain from home. 

Contact our team today for more information about how we can treat the crick in your neck or to schedule your initial appointment.