A Crick in the Neck
You know the situation where you wake up with a pain in your neck often related to as a crick in the neck. You might have slept with a to hard/soft pillow. You might have slept in a wrong position or you just wake up with that irritating crick in the neck without any clue what so ever about what caused it. What ever the reason was it is a nasty and sometime crippeling situation. And off cause it happens on a Monday…… You just see a whole week a head off you with that pain in your neck making a normal active day a living hell.
Now you have some options on saving your week. First you try to find the reason, even though it can be hard or even impossible to find. Change what ever you find that can be the reason for you painful and stiff neck. The next you can do is try to stretch those muscles that you have mistreated the whole night. Often you have to stretch at least 4-5 different stretches to get it all done. And some times you just can’t get it fixed enough and you sit there with a not fully functional neck. Happy week on work!
Good for you there are more options on solving your problem. Among others a masseur with the right technic will be able to help you. What he/she will be doing with your neck is a matter off the situation. A crick in the neck is not a certain situation, more a common name for a lot of different situations. What will be done is off cause guided by your specific situation. Most common are tensions in your Scalene muscles (some muscles that your ribs “hang” in), the Levator scapulae (a muscle that elevate the shoulder) an a lot off the small muscles in the back off your neck holding, rotating an nodding your head.
The masseur will loosen those muscles causing your the pain in your neck that are often followed by a splitting headache. Personally I prefer to use the classical European massage (often referred to as “Swedish” even though what’s called “Swedish” not is the exact original massage). It is painless, highly effective and easy to use; and I don’t have to use a lot of power to do it. If the situation calls for it I can add stretching to the palette of tools to solve the problem.
One tool you can get from a good masseur is some stretching exercises to loosen the problem. And that is not only a few. It can be up to 6-7 different stretching exercises to loosen a stiff neck.. Some of them can to the untrained eye look a lot the same but there can be a slight different angel on your head to get another muscle/part. The muscles composition in the neck is delicate and complexe so that can bring the number of stretches up to 7 or even more!
A crick in the neck can normally be solved completely within one hour.
Hold i nakken. Link to the article (in Danish) that inspired me.