Waking up with a crick neck. It has happened to most of us before.
However knowing what to do with it is half the issue.
It causes discomfort and pinches with pain when you try to move your head in certain (or all) directions.
Recently I woke up with a crick neck (yes chiropractors get crick necks too) so I thought I would chat you through what I did to get the best recovery possible.
Looking into what led up to my neck "cricking" helps me figure out a game plan.
I knocked my head HARD on a weird angled wall making a bed on Saturday (not ideal #1), on Monday a small branch fell out of a tree and hit me on the left shoulder (not ideal #2) and Tuesday night was so hot I could not stay in our bedroom so relocated to the air conditioned lounge, where I slept on the couch (not ideal #3) with the cool air blowing on my head and neck (not ideal #4).
So all in all we have a series of 4 events in close succession that led me to wake with a crick neck.
SO WHAT DID I DO?
Within 24 hours my neck was back to full ROM albeit still tender and slightly stiff.
There are varying degrees of severity when it comes to crick necks (and all other injuries) it pays to remember not everyone will see such improvement within 24 hours BUT why not give your body the tools it need to heal as quickly as it can.
As a Chiropractor I see crick necks regularly. It is important to remember that if you are waking with a crick neck often then there is dysfunction that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Seeing a Chiropractor may be able to help you sort that out.
Hi. My name is Ainslee, I am a chiropractor and passionate about guiding people towards living their best. I love to facilitating people to get people well and stay well.