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5 Daily Tips To Reduce Neck Stiffness

A stiff neck can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Although a stiff neck seems like a minor issue, it can often interfere with your daily activities or prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. With the rise of technology in the workplace and at home, the number of people experiencing stiff necks has increased dramatically. Some common causes of neck stiffness can be poor posture, stress, clenched jaws, and repetitive neck motions. Here are some daily tips to help you reduce neck stiffness.

Remind yourself to stretch. While working or watching something on your phone, your neck can get stuck in one position for a long period of time. Remind yourself to stretch and move your neck around to release some of the tension.

Create a functional workspace. Many people work at seated desk positions every day. Without the proper workspace, this can create an unwanted stiff neck! To help fix this issue, adjust your chair into a comfortable position and make sure to use good posture. Your back should be straight, and your arms should be level with your desk.

Adjust your sleep position. Although changing your sleep position can seem bothersome, it may be the solution to relieve your stubborn neck stiffness! Sleeping on your side or back takes the strain off your neck.

Apply ice or heat daily. Coming up with a routine to use ice for twenty minutes a day can relieve neck inflammation and reduce stiffness. After using ice for a few days, switch to heat!

Find a way to reduce stress. Sometimes neck stiffness is caused by stress and not postural issues. Try relieving your stress by trying options like meditation or yoga.

Consider physical therapy. If none of the above solutions seem to help your neck stiffness, consider visiting a physical therapy office. Physical therapists can assess your situation and give you personalized exercises to help reduce the pain. Therapy will also help strengthen your neck muscles, so the stiffness does not reoccur.

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Neil Sauer

Neil Sauer

Physical Therapist, Certified Health Coach and company owner Neil Sauer graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science. During that time he played four years of collegiate soccer. Neil earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University in 2006. He has taken continuing education courses for Stanley Paris manual therapy techniques and a Gary Gray Functional Training course. He has also taken selective functional movement assessment courses with the North American Sports Medical Institute (NASMI). Neil’s treatment philosophy goes beyond reducing pain and restoring motion/mobility. He has a passion for health and wellness and for improving the quality of life of his clients, and works holistically with them to ensure their injuries do not reoccur and that his clients enjoy optimal functionality. He strives to help his patients live more active, mobile and healthy lives knowing that they don’t have to rely on pain medications, injections or surgery. In his personal life, he is married and has two sons. During spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, spending time outdoors and leading an active and healthy life. Neil also likes to read as much as possible when he finds/makes time. He primarily reads books on leadership, business and special forces. An avid exercise enthusiast, he continually works to improve his own health and wellness.
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