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What’s the Best Way to Treat a Stiff Neck?
A stiff neck isn’t the most serious injury, but it’s more than enough to cause you trouble throughout your day. Fortunately, with the right treatment plan, you can quickly lessen the discomfort, thus allowing you to live pain-free once again.
Here are some of the best ways to treat a stiff neck:
· Apply ice: for the first two to three days after your injury, apply ice to help with the pain and swelling.
· Apply heat: once you’re done with ice therapy, use heat to soothe your neck and help increase range of motion.
· Stretch: the biggest mistake people make is remaining in the same position for an extended period of time. It’s okay to rest your neck, but stretch regularly to speed up your recovery.
· Get a massage: as you recover, you’ll come to find that a massage can promote blood flow and increase range of motion.
There is no way of knowing the exact treatment strategy that will provide the best results. The best thing you can do is experiment with the ideas above, all while paying close attention to what’s working for you.
Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.
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