Instant Relief for a Stiff Neck

stiff neck

What do you do when you wake up with a crick in the neck and you are unable to turn your neck?


I have seen quite a few patients lately with a stiff neck, and it can be so debilitating.

Here are a couple of suggestions for instant relief while you are waiting to get in for treatment.


Firstly, before you try and stretch your neck or apply any pressure, it is important to soften the stiffness by putting a heat pack where it hurts for about 20 minutes.


Next, very gentle and without causing pain, do the following stretches:

  • Slowly move your right ear toward your right shoulder.  Repeat to the left.  Next, turn your head as far as you can to the right and left.  Finally, tilt your head forwards and backwards.  Repeat this slowly, gently and consciously with deep breathing.
  • Stand with your back as close to the wall as you can.  Raise your left arm, bend at the elbow and touch your palm to your face.  Now very gently try to turn your head to the left, with your arm (and the wall) providing resistance.  Hold for 5 seconds. Relax and gently turn your head to the right a little.

Repeat this stretch on the right side with your right arm.