Which Is the Best Treatment for a Stiff Neck?


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In order to treat a stiff neck, soak in a bathtub of water and Epsom salts, gently massage the area to work out kinks and try a little acupuncture to encourage mobility, as stated byBreaking Muscle and Prevention. If a stiff neck doesn't respond to gentle at-home treatment, consider seeing a doctor.

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Which Is the Best Treatment for a Stiff Neck?
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Waking up with a stiff neck can make the rest of the day unpleasant. Rather than avoid sudden movements, try working out those kinks with these simple steps.

  1. Epsom salt bath
  2. Epsom salts contain magnesium which helps to relax muscles. Pour about 2 cups of Epsom salts into a warm bath and soak in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Work out muscle knots
  4. Tight muscles that just don't relax in the Epsom salt bath may loosen up with pressure point therapy. Locate the knotted muscle and press into it with fingers or a tennis ball if in a hard-to-reach spot. Apply enough pressure that it starts to hurt a little bit, but not enough to causesevere pain. Tilt the head in the opposite direction of the cramped muscle and tuck in the chin. Hold for a few seconds and release.

  5. Use acupuncture
  6. The space between the index and middle finger is an acupuncture point for the neck. Press on this spot between the two bones in the hand that connect to these fingers. Massage the spot with small circles while slowly tilting the head back and forth. In time, this should help loosen the neck and ease pain.

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