Most adults will experience stiff neck at least once in their lives. This condition usually occurs after a long day at work or sitting in front of a computer for more than five hours. Those who experience stick neck normally have soreness or difficulties moving their neck. The symptoms can last for only a few hours to a couple of days. They can be accompanied with a headache or shoulder ache.
Doctors have found that the condition normally worsens if one wakes up with a stiff neck. The exact reason is unknown, but it has become necessary for adults to understand why they potentially wake up with a stiff neck.
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Muscle strain: This comes from sleeping in an awkward position. Patients do not have control on how they sleep but if they stay in an uncomfortable position for an extended period of, the muscles around the neck will become fatigued and begin to spasm. It is crucial for adults to have proper support in their bed and create measures to protect themselves if they toss and turn in their sleep.
Spine disorders: Massage therapies can help with these conditions. Athletes or those who continually put their bodies in motion are more at risk of injuring their spine. Waking up with a stiff neck is usually the first sign of an underlying problem. Typically, these problems can be managed with regular massages, but if these treatments do not work, adults are suggested to visit their doctor immediately.
Infection: Some infections can cause someone to wake up with a stiff neck. If the stiff neck is accompanied by other symptoms such as headache, nausea, or vomiting, one should seek medical help immediately.
Muscle strain is the most common reason for stiff necks and can be addressed with regular massage therapies.
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