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Best remedy to relieve a crick in the neck?

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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Travis Hedger

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Posted July 02 2003 - 09:23 PM

Hi all, All day today I have been suffering the worst neck crick I have ever experienced. I know I had to have slept incorrectly the night before, Anyway, anytime I turn my head to the left or lean to the left I get a severe pain in one of the muscles close to the back. Tylenol has not reduced or relieved any of the pain, and I am actually unable to sleep tonight because of it. What is the best remedy that I can use so I can get some friggin relief and get some sleep?
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#2 of 11 OFFLINE   JasenP



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Posted July 02 2003 - 11:34 PM

Warm shower and a neck massage. Try to avoid stress and caffeine. Have a couple of beers. Neck problems are horrid, best of luck to you.
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#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Eric Samonte

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Posted July 03 2003 - 01:31 AM

Warm compress is good. And tylenol will do nothing. There is some swelling associated with that so take something with ibuprofen....like Midol (just kidding:b ). Any antiinflammatory drug would do. But take it with food.

#4 of 11 OFFLINE   Kyle Richardson

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Posted July 03 2003 - 01:51 AM

I get knots in my back and neck all the time and some of them would be so horrid that it would really limit what I could do. Anyway, my aunt is a massage therapist so I go to her twice a month for a massage and it really works wonders. Of course drinking more water also helps, but the bi-monthly rub down keeps the muscles a bit looser and prevents them from knotting.
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#5 of 11 OFFLINE   Andrew Pratt

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Posted July 03 2003 - 01:53 AM

get a massage and drink lots of water. You might also want to visit a good chiropractor..in fact look for one that has a massage therapist on staff and goto both.

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Posted July 03 2003 - 04:23 AM

A good tenz unit works great also. I know the feeling only too well from this type of injury, I think one time I did a real number on my neck doing some military presses behind the neck with too much weight, lol!

#7 of 11 OFFLINE   Aaron Reynolds

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Posted July 03 2003 - 04:28 AM

Kyle -- have you looked into anything in your ergonomics at home or work that could be causing your knots? I had pretty wretched tightness in my neck (to the point that I was getting headaches at the end of the week) after I got my new monitor at work, and my chiropractor suggested that I move it up a few inches. Worked like a charm.

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Posted July 03 2003 - 06:07 AM

I have a friend who is a PT. When I had a sore neck he had me completely relax that muscle while he applied pressure in a specific spot for about two minutes. When he was done the pain was about 90% gone. I Wish I knew how he did this. Unfortunately he lives about 1000 miles away now.

#9 of 11 OFFLINE   Scott McGillivray

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Posted July 03 2003 - 07:44 AM

Oddly enough, I have a "crick" in my today too. Going to my chiropractor in a couple of hours. Works every time! (and its covered by my medical benefits!)
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Posted August 19 2011 - 06:04 PM

Sometimes a 'crick' in the neck is because we lay in bed wrong. Take a look at your pillow. If it's too high, the body is usually laying at an unnatural angle. It might be worthwhile investing in one of those contour pillows. Too much computer and mouse usage could also be the culprit. Your computer screen needs to be at eye level. Besides those things, a lot of the time for some reason, neck problems are related to stress/anxiousness. We sometimes unconciously hold our bodies, especially shoulders, neck (and our breath!) tight when we're feeling angry or defensive and feeling under attack and so the muscles go into a spasm and lock. Take a look at - is someone in your experience being a 'pain in the neck' and/or have you felt under attack or rejected recently? A friend of mine got a crick in the neck within hours of going for a job interview and being told he was unsuccessful. He admitted to feeling the rejection and feeling defensive. These cricks will usually go on their own as the tension/stress dissipates and your mind focuses on other things and I can see people have suggested hot showers and warm compresses which do help. When you're doing either of those things, you're head will normally be tilting towards the painful area (so as to cause minimum pain). So, if the crick is on the left side of your neck, as the hot water is beating on the sore part, get the fingers and palm of your hand on the ok side of your body to gently pull the head towards the ok shoulder - a little at a time. This will pain a little but the pain will decrease with each movement. At the same time you are doing that, breath out and focus on dropping the shoulder on the sore side. Do the other side the same way. Another thing that has worked with me was just to lay flat on your back on the floor for 10 minutes. Breathe deeply from the belly and concentrate on relaxing your shoulders. You can purposely make them drop. You can even do this simple thing if you're at work.

#11 of 11 OFFLINE   Scott McGillivray

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Posted August 20 2011 - 01:03 PM

Thanks for the info. My "crick" was 8 years ago (according to my post) and its fine now! :) Of course, a near-fatal motorcycle accident didnt help me much (except the CT scan showed that I HAD BROKEN MY NECK in high school 20 years earlier...that was creepy) Otherwise, my neck is fine. Travis, how is your neck doing 8 years later? :D
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