Imagine this, you passed out on the couch at 2 am, after starting to surf social media websites on your ipad around midnight. You are rudely awakened at 7 am, to the blaring noise of a car alarm. As you attempt to lift your limp body off of the deep indentation your body left in that old creaky soft leather couch, you suddenly realize that you actually slept wrong with your neck wedged under the right arm rest. When you sit up the room appears tilted sideways to the right and your neck feels totally LOCKED! It’s rainy and humid out AND the Monday morning stress is not helping much. Every step to bathroom makes you want to vomit from excruciating pain as you stumble to turn on the shower faucet to the hottest setting and get in under those power jets of water as they smash into your stiff neck. You attempt to gently move you rigid neck to the left with the aide of the steaming water and its literally impossible! Nothing seems to unlock this. You are probably reading this because you have had Torticollis/ Neck Spasm before and dealt with exactly the scenario I just described …. What did you do about? How many lost days from the gym, from school or from work, did you have because of this neck stiffness … you definitely lost TIME or MONEY THINK BACK……..
MISTAKE #1 – A HOT SHOWER WILL ONLY INCREASE YOUR NECK SPASMS !
We all have had episodes of a crick in the neck after turning really quickly, and feeling a strange pulling sensation in the side of the neck and even in the tongue. Yes, I have personally experienced a LOCKED NECK before leaving completely debilitated in bed for 3 days. I literally felt like I had a steel rod implanted in my neck and I just couldn’t release the motion no matter what I tried. This to me was so devastating so I had to help others find a solution.
MOTRIN TO THE RESCUE!
NOT SO FAST — this is NOT chemical pain, THIS IS THE NERVOUS SYSTEM A “PROTECTIVE PAIN”.
Many people believe that Motrin (ibuprofen) is some sort of magic pill and they use it like it’s a SILVER BULLET. I too have been guilty of popping those m&m sized pain killers when I have had severe pain, BUT this only works on chemical pain. To get relief of this type of pain in the neck its strictly one thing. The locked stiff painful neck will definitely NOT respond to any pain pill or even a hotshower .
Do you want to know an amazing, simple and natural DO IT YOURSELF solution for rapid neck pain relief?
Before I give you this FREE “do it yourself pain FIX” that will save you hundreds of dollars on wasted medications and doctors visits, I want you to understand something that is the KEY TO UNLOCKING ANY STIFF MUSCLE OR PAIN. Using this knowledge is literally MORE POWERFUL THAN ANY DRUG or even ANY exercise solution you may have tried or read about. Before I let you in on this insanely powerful tool, I want to explain something about pain and show you WHY this works.. it will make much more sense for long term relief.
PAIN. A GOOD THING
Pain is your body’s way of warning you that something isn’t right. Pain is an ALARM in your brain that is going off and its sending information to the body that something is injured or hurt .
“There are Two MAIN TYPES OF ACUTE PAIN”
Pain is recognized in your brain when there is an injury that happens due to actual trauma ( a blunt fall or a regional blow to a muscle).
- TRUE CHEMICAL PAIN—- this means that INFLAMMATION has set in to the injured site and MOTRIN or ADVIL will totally be helpful in this case.
- A Locked NECK is defined as a MECHANICAL PAIN…
If you have pain somewhere along your spine or out in your extremities and it’s intermittent, it comes and goes, you can turn it on and off or your Physical Therapist can turn it on and off through positioning, that’s mechanical pain.
Chemical and Mechanical PAIN treated TOTALLY DIFFERENTLY. Now that you understand the difference you will realize HOW we use it to help us resolve the symptoms.
Can Mechanical Pain be TURNED OFF WITHOUT A PHYSICAL THERAPIST?
Here it the first KEY to unlocking Mechanical Pain….. Breathing… That’s it! That Simple and That Powerful.
NOT JUST ANY BREATHING!
Ever hear of Belly Breathing? Belly breathing is a simple and easy to use method that literally RESETS your brains alarm of pain, and shuts off acute pain faster than any other method out there I have used for treating and relieving neck stiffness or spasm.
ITS CALLED THE DIAPHRAGM aka the “GRAND CENTRAL STATION” – of muscles.
Diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing or deep breathing is breathing that is done by contracting the diaphragm, a muscle located between your chest cavity and stomach cavity. Air enters the lungs and the belly expands during this type of breathing.
When you have pain….. the diaphragm reverses its ability to contract and the muscles in the neck over contract and work harder and harder to protect you .
Pain is caused because there is a muscle asymmetry or imbalance in the neck and the joints/ligaments have lost their ability to support the neck properly – THE EXERCISE BELOW WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO REVERSE THIS IMBALANCE NOW!
THE RESPIRATORY DIAPHRAGM RELEASE TECHNIQUE
Step 1. Slightbend forward keeping a straight back
Step 2. Grab the rib cage with the pads of your finger
Step 3. Breath deep into your belly and exhale hard while you attempt to pull your ribcage outward toward.
Do this several times to stretch the Diaphragm Muscle and prepare it for inflation.
Most people do not breathe using their diaphragm and this is what causes neck spasms to get worse and worse. Why? Most of us “Pant like a dog” when we breathe. When we breathe like this we just overuse our neck muscles over and over and make those muscle tense up. This is a never ending cycle of pain and stiffness. By using this simple exercise and an Ice Pack around the tight neck muscles we are able to break the cycle of spasm and pain. Our neck pain is INSTANTLY RELIEVED AS THE NERVES ARE RELAXED.
If you have Neck Stiffness Pain and Loss of Range Of Movement then this may help you cope with the pain . Call Allcare PT TODAY. In Brooklyn NECK STIFFNESS AND PAIN can be helped right in our innovative Physical Therapy center. Take your life back again call or email us NOW for an immediate appointment
Your Brooklyn Pain Guru 😉