Crook in the neck is a form of neck pain, characterized by stiffness, pain and limited mobility of the neck. The unique feature of crook in the neck is that it is associated more with stiffness and limited mobility and less with pain. It is estimated that approximately 50% of adults in the United States suffer from this condition annually. The condition may vary in severity from being trivial to debilitating.
Crook in the neck is often associated with an uncomfortable feeling in the neck, which can be frustrating, but not associated with pain.
Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Crook In The Neck
Here are some simple tips that can help get rid of crook in the neck. While the efficacy of these techniques may vary from person to person, these techniques can be very beneficial, especially if the severity is mild to moderate,
- Hot and cold compress, applied alternatively can help alleviate the symptoms of crook in the neck. To begin with apply ice compress for about 10 minutes. Ice compress causes vasoconstriction, which in turn helps reduce inflammation and swelling. Apply hot compress about half an hour after the cold compress. Hot compress improves blood circulation to the neck and reduces stiffness and improves mobility of the neck muscles.
- Local massage with lavender essential oil helps reduce stiffness and improves muscular mobility. The massage should be performed using the tips of the fingers in anti-clockwise direction. Note that clove oil is another effective essential oil that can help reduce stiffness and rigidity.
- Simple neck stretches can be helpful as they can reduce stiffness and alleviate pain.
- Move the head sideways, so that the chin is over the shoulder. Hold the neck in this position for a couple of seconds and then gradually bring it back to its original position. Now move the neck to other side.
- Move the head in an anticlockwise direction, gently, so as to turn the head as much backward as possible and bend is as much forward as possible. Perform this about thrice in a day to reduce stiffness.
- Add a tablespoon of turmeric to a glass of warm milk and consume thrice a day. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory agent and helps reduces stiffness and pain. Alternatively one can consume freshly crushed flakes of garlic about thrice in a day. Garlic has an action very similar to turmeric.
- Rest and support to the neck can also be helpful in dealing with this condition. Avoid strenuous activities like playing football, jogging, weight lifting, etc. Provide adequate rest to the neck. Also support the neck by wearing a turtle neck or a scarf. Using a neck pillow behind the head while working is also a good option.
- Ensure that your posture is correct, especially while sitting or while sleeping at night. Ensure that your neck is supported, straight and as aligned to the spine as possible. While sleeping like on your back or sleep sideways. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, since this can increase the risk of awkward positions and harm the neck. While working, ensure that the neck is as straight as possible and avoid bending your neck too low.
In case the pain continues, consult your doctor as soon as possible. He may prescribe some muscle relaxants, NSAIDs or TENS physical therapy.