Neck problem is universal among humans; it can be a trivial or a crippling disorder. The meaning of crick is painful muscle spasm or a cramp. A crick in neck is spasm and strain in the muscles of neck and shoulders. It leads to stiffness and restricted movement of the neck. Many patients with crick in neck get frustrated due to the uncomfortable and irritating ‘stuck’ feeling, which limits the mechanical movement of the neck and head. The usual cause for stiffness in neck is sleeping improperly, injury to neck, sleeping on a pillow which is too high, and stress.
With limitation in neck movement and pain as the main symptom, crick in neck affects your daily activities, though it does not have long term consequences. Most of the time, it persists for 3 to 5 days. To get relief from irritating pain and restricted neck movement, home remedies are found to be an effective solution.
Causes of Crick in Neck
- Bad sleeping posture is suspected as one of the main reason for stiffness and painful spasm in neck muscles. Prolonged period of overstretching of neck and shoulder muscles can strain them and result in painful spasm.
- Acute trauma can also be a reason for crick in neck. Lifestyle factors such as poor posture can be a triggering cause for this unwanted neck problem. Sitting in front of a computer for prolonged period of time, can give rise to stiffness in neck.
- Overexertion during a workout session, or sudden neck maneuver, can strain the muscles of neck and shoulders.
- If you are sedentary for a long time and suddenly start doing heavy work or exercise or play outdoor games, you may put lot of strain and stress on the muscles of back as well as neck and shoulder.
- Certain medical conditions such as arthritis, cervical spondylosis etc can cause crick in neck.
When Crick in Neck Won’t go Away:
If crick in neck does not heal in couple of days, you can make use of natural treatment:
Pain relieving balms are also useful to increase mobility and reducing pain in the neck. But, during the first few days, avoid overstretching the muscles of neck.
Alternative remedies such as acupressure, massage, are also beneficial to relieve the symptoms of crick in neck. In Chiropractic acupressure, the practitioner manipulates neck and spine movements to relieve the stiffness and pain. Re-occurrence of crick in neck can be prevented if you maintain good posture, do regular moderate exercise and keep your body mechanics in perfect condition.
Home Remedies You Can Try
- It can be treated by alternate cold and hot compresses.
- Keep your head in neutral position rather than tilting towards any side.
- Swing your arms in clockwise and anticlockwise direction. Many times it helps to relieve the stiffness and pain in neck.
- If the problem arises after sleeping, check your pillow and your mattress as well as how you sleep. Sleep on hard mattress and use a specially crafted pillow which gives support to your neck and head.
- Massage gently over the strained neck muscles. It helps to relax the muscles.
- Eat bananas, they are rich in potassium. Potassium is beneficial for the muscles when they are stiff and cramped. However, potassium should come from food source.