|Have you ever woken up in the morning and stretched, only to feel your neck or shoulder (or both) become stiff and painful? Suddenly, every movement hurts, and you can’t turn your head without pain shooting down through your back. So why on earth does this happen?|
|2. Soda bath – A variation of heat application involves adding 2-4 heaping tablespoons of baking soda to a hot bath, guaranteed to ease your muscles almost immediately. You can replace the soda with a ¾ cup of Epsom salt to calm your mind.|
3. Take supplements - Balance your magnesium/calcium levels, and consider adjusting your diet to a healthier one.
4. Massage therapy – Getting a good massage can work wonders for a stiff muscle. A licensed masseuse will be able to relieve stiff muscles within a session, sending you home pain-free and much more relaxed. (Consult with your massage therapist about the best treatment)
5. Heat application – heat causes tissues to expand and increases the blood flow in the heated area. A good shower can also help you relax, making it easier for the muscles to loosen as well. If you have a heating pad, warm it up and apply it to the stiff area.
7. Take an NSAID – Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen are your best choices. Do not exceed the daily dosage or use it for more than a couple of days. (Medication abuse can be dangerous)
8. Make sure you’re hydrated – drink water or isotonic drinks (such as “Gatorade”). Keeping your hydration and electrolytes levels in check. Men require 13 cups (3 liters) of water per day, while women need 9 (2.2 liters).